found this psychedelic orange and yellow pattern and thought it was amazing! I lived in a West Virginia com
munity that bled orange and black as we cheered on the Tigers of Wirt County and was very school spirited! Ithen came to Alderson
Broaddus College in the fall of 1985 and it became a signature color for me. I tried toget A
B to paint the Apollo Statue orange when I was Student Body President, but the closest I got was bring-ing the youth from the church I served at Emmanuel Baptist in Parkersburg to come and paint my dorm rooma bright orange! Can you believe the administration gave the ok with the stipulation I would paint it back to a'neutral color' at the end of the year?! So for almost forty years now, I have collected the color orange. I cameup with the poem that starts this column many years ago and orange has truly been the apple of my eye.
That phrase, 'apple of my eye,' originated from the bible. It means the object of someone's affections. It ismentioned four times throughout the Old Testament. This passage in Proverbs Chapter 7 becomes significantfor me: '1 My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; 2 keep my commandmentsand live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;'(ESV)
I view orange as an outward representation for my desire to be connected to God and His teachings. So for me,Everything Rhymes with Orange!
Where is this going?
I believe the words given by the Psalmist in Chapter 37
'4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give youthe desires of your heart. (ESV)
When I started out in ministry nearly twenty years ago, I wrote down some of those desires. I share them with you to let you know a little more from where I am coming!
Here are the desires of my heart.:
1) I have a heart to be a part of team in ministry
to learn from, pray with, grow alongside, hold accountableone another
2) I have a heart to reach out to the least of these. To bind up the broken hearted, to set the captives free!!
3) I have a heart for working with and in the public schools and colleges. For building relationships, having a presence, being available to the students, faculty, administration, and staff.
4) I have a heart for a church to connect with community, by building relationships with people in the market- place, inmates and their families, families with children and youth, young adults, and single adults.
5) I have a heart to use music as a means of reaching out and building God's Kingdom.
6) I have a heart to be in the disciple making business. To train and equip others to be able to go out and train& equip others.
7) I have a heart for teaching and modeling the importance of a personal daily walk with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
8) I have a heart to mobilize all of God's saints to be on mission for Him.
9) I have a heart to form a small group of leaders and potential leaders to then be empowered to go forth andstart their own small groups for the purpose of making disciples of service for the Kingdom.
10) I have a heart for God's Kingdom work and not a Church's Castle work.
11) I have a heart to build bridges for God's Kingdom across, economic, social, generational, racial, education