Wednesday 6.22.11 Insight from Angela LaVallie

Angela LaVallie is the Member Connection Program Director at The Church of the Resurrection. She provides oversight to our member connection efforts through the Connection Point, the Weekday Hospitality Team, Coffee With the Pastors, the New Member Team and our Spiritual Gifts Placement Team.

In The Lord’s Prayer, we pray, “Your will be done, on earth like it is in heaven.” By devoting ourselves to doing what is good (Titus 3:8), we can help to make earth more like heaven bit by bit. No matter what we’ve done in the past, whether it’s a sharp word that hurt someone for a short time or an act that seemingly destroyed someone’s life, we can change the way we act in the future. In each moment we can choose to do right or wrong. And the good news is that if we choose wrong, it will soon be in the past, and we will again have a chance to do something good.

When I was in high school, I had the chance to take a trip to Europe. The teacher who was sponsoring the trip told us that as citizens of the United States we would be representing the US as we traveled throughout France and Italy, and the way we behaved would influence the views of the Eurpeans we were in contact with. Several years ago I took a class at church over the book of Philippians, and one of the things we discussed was the idea of having dual citizenship–being citizens of both the earth and of heaven at the same time. When I remember this, it’s easier for me to choose to do the right thing. If I’m a citizen of heaven, then I want to act like a citizen of heaven. I want to represent the ruler of heaven to the best of my ability, and although I don’t always succeed, the reminder that I am a child of God makes me want to live up to that status.

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