Are You Dusty?

We have a new pastor, Tim. He is younger than my youngest child. He is married to Theresa (my mom’s name), they have five children, and the eldest is a writer (which kind of thrills me). Pastor Tim is sharp – I like him a lot. His leadership is going to be very good for our young congregation and there are enough of us “old-timers” to keep it interesting! He is a man of God and God has a very excellent plan for our church – I am excited to see it all unfold!

Sonday’s message was titled, “It’s not about direction – it’s about dust!” I took a lot of notes and I knew there would be a blogpost. Here we go!

Jesus and his band of followers stirred up a lot of dust! Two thousand years ago neither the roads, the walkways, nor the paths were paved in asphalt – just good old dusty dirt. Feet were always dirty and I’m sure laundry day was one muddy mess.

Where no oxen are, the trough is clean…Proverbs 14.4

Show me a spotless kitchen and I’ll guess the residents aren’t cooks!

Hanging out with Christ gets dusty. Gets messy. Gets risky.

My friend’s friend just lost his job at a large VA hospital – he was “caught” – a patient asked him to pray with him and apparently someone was watching and bam…probation…hearing…fired.

He was found dusty.

I walked up on a group of peers one day, on the sidewalk, outside the Chamber of Commerce office (where I worked) and immediately a hush came over them. Shh…Susan doesn’t like these kinds of jokes.

I was considered dusty.

It takes courage to be a Christ-follower.

A lot of dust is stirred up.

Am I willing to get a little messy?

Are we willing to get dusty?

About the author : Susan Shipe

Susan Shipe

I am an encourager with a heart for women. The Lord delivered a message of hope deep within my soul in 2002. Jesus, the Hope-giver met me in my hour of need and my heart overflowed with hope – the theme of my life since that time has been HOPE! I began blogging in 2008 and became serious in the fall of 2010 when I hired a site designer! Hope|Heart|Home are my three passions and one can find food for the soul, and the body, along with a lot of musing over at I am the mother of three adult children, grandmother (a/k/a Mimzy) to 20-year old Hannah and 14-year old Simon, and I am the wife of one man and together we love on our beloved dog, Sam! My husband, Lowell, and I attend Community Church in Mountain City, Tennessee. I enjoy writing, reading, organic gardening, traveling, and spending time with our family.

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