Missions fundraisers provides fun for many

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By Vicki Simpson
Verse of the Week: You shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.-Acts 1:8
The following have had such fun in acquiring a cunningly colorful and curiously comical commode in their front yard these past weeks:  Ginger Ellison, Ricky Heatherly, Daniel Yarbrough, Mary Billingsley, Todd and Ashley Holliday, Richard Meade, Melanie Vinson, Joey Kinard, Mark Garrett, Karen Cooley, Amanda Medlin, Sandra Edens,

Richard Allen, Jimmy Finley, the Easton Family, Paul Vinson, the Owens Family, Linda Hawkins, Petes Family Restaurant in Belton, Ancient Iron Motorcycles in Anderson. and the hard working “Potty” deliverers themselves, Keith and April Billingsley.  Donations were also made by The Clock Restaurant in Williamston, the Mauldin Family, David Henderson, the Blackmon Family, the Hanning Family along with Roger and Bobbie Sue Smith of Anderson.  Many thanks go to everyone involved. Since I have mentioned our “Potty Time” on several occasions, I thought someone may want to see a photo, so the Billingsley Family posed with their front yard decoration. The potties were atrocious, yet flamboyant.  It has truly been a comical, but fruitful, fundraiser.
ODCC is having their annual Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday (3/30/13) from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Please bring your children for a fun filled morning on our new building lot at the corner of Murphy and Big Creek Road in Belton.   We treasure the work that Julie Keys, Susan King and other moms put into this event every year.
Easter is my most cherished of holidays, next to Christmas.  Our Lord Jesus Christ sacrificed his life for us, was buried and then resurrected.  What a marvelous God we have.  I was thinking that I have never gotten a day off for Easter – not even Good Friday.  I just don’t understand that concept, but then I think of all those odd people who protest everything.  That’s one reason God has been taken out of many things and places.  Nonetheless, there are holidays for Presidents and other noted people but not for God on the day that represents his sacrifice for our salvation and the hope he gave us all.  So, this brings me to the thoughts from my senescent brain this week.  I just don’t understand some things that go on in this world or the whys.  I received an email with some “why” questions and thought I would share. You may have heard them: Why don’t “psychics” ever win the lottery?  Why is it that doctors call what they do “practice” or why is a man who invests all your money called a broker?  If Con is the opposite of Pro, is Congress the opposite of Progress?  (Think about that one)  Why do drugstores make sick people walk to the back of the store for their prescriptions and healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?  Why would I order a double cheeseburger, large fries and a Diet Coke?  Why do banks leave vaults open all day but chain pens to the counters?  Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called “rush hour”?  Well, I could go on and on.  I hope these questions not only made your brain kick into gear but that they also made you smile.  I think about stupid stuff like that all the time and sometimes I end up doing stupid stuff.  Hello!  Is anyone out there agreeing?  Remember when you were younger and did some pretty idiotic things and now you look back and say, “I wish I had a do-over.”  I’d love to have many “do-overs.”  But, I look back and see those times when I know that even though I wasn’t really following God or wasn’t involved in church like I am now, he was still there.  He knew I would return to him.  Whoa.  Do I wish I hadn’t wasted those years on stupid stuff I thought was fun.  Would you like a do-over too?  Another why question is, “Why do some of our children have to learn things the hard way.”  We tell them how to do things and how not to do things from our own experience and mistakes we made. Then they look at us as if we were the dumbest person in the world.  Gee, I have a lot of “why” questions, don’t I?  This brings me to my main thoughts and prayers – again, lost people in our families, communities, at work and the entire world for that matter.  There are those today who think this world is their ticket to paradise, but let’s think of what is really factual today.  The answer is Jesus Christ who gives us hope that we who are saved will be going to our real homes some day.  Jesus is the only ticket to paradise.  It’s like the song says, “This world is not my home; I’m just a passing through…”  As I have mentioned this before and should be on all Christian’s hearts:  Our mission should be to bring lost souls to Christ.  Keep talking to those children and young adults – older adults for that matter – whom you know are not following God’s ways.   So, if you get a chance to witness to someone this week, grab that opportunity.  We are to witness “to the ends of the earth…”  Let’s don’t think about stupid stuff or keep a negative attitude about why things are this way or that.  Get serious about salvation.  Get serious about your love for God.  Get serious about what’s in your heart and mind.  However, do add a little humor to your life.  Don’t you think God laughs too?  Have a blessed week.
Birthday for the Week: Bubba Green (3/29)
Quote for the Week: Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results. (Willie Nelson)
Kid’s Joke of the Week: Q) Where does a rabbit learn to fly?  A) In the Hare Force.
Tune in next week with Open Door & More with Miss Vicki.

photo Billingsley Family: April, Jordan, Keith, Allie and Shaila who is sitting on the orange colored commode with green, blue and yellow painted flowers you can hardly see.