Look for the good things; they’re always there

Sisters in Grace

Tina Trout Terrell and Christie Trout Stephens

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” –

Hebrews 12:1-2.



This afternoon, our church celebrated our commitment to support our church with our gifts. We each have gifts to share and we can use to give praise to God. We also have responsibilities to financially support and to work in our chosen church to keep God’s word and will flowing from it. We celebrated the end to our Consecration Sunday with a catered meal. Our sister church, Burke Methodist, cooked and served our meal to us as a way to earn money for their youth to attend church camp.


As we entered the fellowship hall, we saw beautiful, fall décor. Each table had table cloths, decorations of pumpkins, cornucopias, and fall flowers. The kids enjoyed the candy corn that was waiting for them on each table too. We all sat and waited to be served our meals. Delicious aromas were filling the room as we each anxiously anticipated our meal to come. Drinks were served first. The kids took turns serving drinks and asking us what kind of dessert we would like – pineapple cake or pound cake. They both sounded delicious, but I chose pineapple. (If someone from Burke is reading this, I would like the recipe. It was DELICIOUS!) The kids brought our choices to us.


So there we were … sitting and looking at this delicious dessert in front of us, but we couldn’t eat it. You have to eat your dinner before dessert. We would glance at the kitchen door, but no food was coming. Our mouths salivated at the thought of the food we smelled, but no food arrived. We waited a bit longer and drank our tea – all the while we were staring at our desserts.


All of a sudden, Sandy Hendrick got up and checked on the food. She said there was a problem with our oven and the potatoes were not completely done yet. Everyone at our table looked at each other, and I said, “Well, I guess we get to eat dessert first!” We all enjoyed our cakes and tea while we waited on our lunch. The meal arrived a few minutes later, and it was so good! Thank you Burke youth. It was wonderful!


Sometimes in life, we have little stumbles along the way. We encounter ovens that don’t work, negative coworkers, crazy kids, grumpy spouses, bills, and other things waiting to steal our joy. We have a choice to make. We can look for the joy or gripe and complain. In this case, we looked for the joy. You know, sometimes in life, you just need to eat dessert first!


Look for the good things. Look for the happiness – it is always there. God can take something bad and turn it into something good. Look for that opportunity. I promise if you look for the bad first – you will definitely find it. I challenge you to look for the icing on the cake. Look for the joy and share it with others today!


I would like to take this opportunity to share a children’s poem titled:


“Everyday Heroes”


by Renee Riede.


Everyday heroes live everywhere.


Everyday heroes are people who care.


They care about others they see every day.


Will you be an everyday hero today?


When you look for the joy in people and places around you, you see the people who step up to the plate, go above and beyond for others with a servant heart – not looking for or needing any recognition, but yet, are so deserving. Diboll is so blessed and has several people like this. Here is one every day hero. I want to say Thank you to Mr. Tom Farley for all he does for the kids of Diboll ISD. He is an everyday hero to so many with all his work and dedication to the Jack Backers. He supports our kids 100 percent — no matter what. Win or lose, rain or shine, Mr. Farley is there Backing OUR Jacks! Thank you Mr. Farley for being an everyday hero, and GO BIG RED!


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Coming Up! Trunk or Treat will be held on October 31, from 5-7p.m. at the parking lot of First United Methodist Church in Diboll. Come by and vote for the best decorated trunk while you grab some goodies!


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There are many children in Diboll who may not have a Christmas gift beneath their tree this year. Christmas Blessings has begun. If you or your organization would like to adopt a Diboll family in need or give a donation to this great cause, please call the church office for details.


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Why join us? Are you looking for a sense of belonging? Are you craving a connection to faith but cannot find where you truly belong? Come give us a try. First United Methodist Church, Diboll, has much to offer!


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Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors!