Friday, June 26, 2015

Life is About Relationships -- Thank You!

Friends of Faith:

Life is about relationships – the relationships, the people, and the lives God creates in each of us.
Today that life, those relationships are wholeheartedly thanked for their prayers, love and support over the past year that have made us truly grateful, more fully aware and appreciative of our faith and yours.

Over the past couple of weeks we have moved the USS Polaris business back in to a new building at our old location and reopened that building to the public. This would not have been possible without each of your friendship and encouragement, because without your support it would have been much easier to simply take the insurance proceeds and moved forward in a much different way.

So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Cor 5: 17
God has told us all along that we are not in this for ourselves, but for the relationships and the community that we build – for “where two or more or gathered…..”

And as our video witnessed: “Two are better than one: They get a good wage for their toil. If the one falls, the other will help the fallen one. But woe to the solitary person! If that one should fall, there is no other to help.” Ecc 4: 9-10
This idea within our business did not just happen with the fire, but rather it has been our mission since the very beginning – our goal has always been to serve our customers, to be a part of a community, a family.

Being “two together” is not a new idea. The first relationship in the bible was a gift of two—“male and female he created them,” and from that gift of two came a family and a community which continues to grow.
“The LORD God said: It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suited to him.” Gen 2: 18

Stan & I share the marriage God created and it is a relationship we hope everyone else will be able to experience within their families—either as a spouse or as a child of a loving relationship. It is not perfect, it has its ups and downs, even its disagreements. But it is our hope that we can and have witnessed why and how to live within the beauty of the most important relationship God created –marriage.
My job, my purpose in the life God has created for me here on earth has been to share with Stan, to support him and to work with him. And as goes our marriage, so goes our community. For the strength of our marriage is carried through in the community we live in, and the stronger the marriages within the community, the stronger the community is as a whole.

It is the relationships we have with people that have made the business and it is the people that we share with that make us a community. And it is life itself, given to us by God that allows us to be with each other – in good times and in bad.
The building, the place, is really irrelevant… a fact we have very much learned by the new friendships shared with the Zimmerman’s and all who have been so gracious in their hospitality and assistance during our recovery. The only way we can thank you is to continue to pray for your own successes, happiness and joy through a stronger faith.

The building is only a byproduct of our relationship with God. The building is only an outward sign that shows we can overcome, with his grace, and the help of the lives he puts in this place, whatever obstacles, whatever sacrifices we are called to make here on this earth.
Our obstacle was only a fire, only a building. Many others have obstacles much greater, sickness, injury, unforgiveness, pride and selfishness. But together, working in his grace ALL can be overcome to a greater, newer, more glorious life together with him in heaven – the greatest building of all.

Heavenly Father, we praise you and thank you for the relationships in our lives, for our very lives. We thank you for each other, for our family and for the friendships we make along the way. May we never forsake you by destroying our bodies, our heavenly created purpose, or the creation you have given us to treasure and to use as our daily bread. Amen.

As we are thankful for the relationships we share, we hope that you too will find a way to treasure the relationships God has given you.
In His name, may you be as richly blessed as we are,
Charlotte & Stan