Cotton Ball Snowmen and Weak Coffee

?So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.? (2 Corinthians 5:9)

I aim to please God, yet much of the time I feel like my efforts are lame.? Like someone who wants to serve dark, rich espresso, but winds up serving weak coffee.

For Christmas, my 3-year old granddaughter Charis gave me a picture of a snowman made of cotton balls. What makes it so special is not that it?s such an incredible work of art, but that in her little heart, she had some desire to please me. ?And her very desire to please me blesses me.

We should seek to please Jesus by pursuing and obeying him, by loving and serving and seeking to share the gospel with others.? But as much as we try to please God, our best efforts are like a little child who makes a cotton ball snowman for the Artist who designed the galaxies.

Our offerings may not seem like much, yet Jesus is pleased with them.

He is even pleased with our desire to please him, because for those who are born again, that desire comes from him. ?Our love for Jesus is feeble, yet it springs from God. Our service to others is weak and flawed, yet Jesus has moved us that service.? So we make it our aim to please him.

Someday my granddaughter may make me a cup of weak coffee to please me. And that desire to please me will make that coffee sweet to my taste.

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.