St. Nicholas Episcopal Church of Kapolei Hawaii has held "Covenant Group" meetings for about 10 years. These groups meet weekly for fellowship, prayer and reflection on the readings and the sermon from the previous week. This blog is an attempt to offer the prayer and reflection as an on-going basis. The challenges of schedules and more prevent many members from participating in our groups, perhaps this will allow for additional participation. I will post readings and questions - please answer the questions and contribute as you're comfortable in the comment sections. Blessings

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

LOOK - Treasures

  1. The sermon is posted on our website this week - www.stnickschurch.org

    The American way has been to succeed, succeed, succeed. Do better than your parents did – have more than the previous generation did. We have been successful in this as a country, but now face problems such as obesity, instead of hunger.
    1. Do you feel like you’ve done better than your parents did? In what ways? Are there areas where you feel your parents did better than you? What?
    2. Is it important to you to strive for the nice: house, car, clothes, jewelry? Where do you think that desire comes from?
    3. What is your definition of success? Has that definition changed as you’ve gone through life?


  1. Kerry Shiroma

    1.Yes. I graduated college. - My dad didn't, but he was smarter than I am and accomplished more.
    2. No. - If I do, it's to make someone else happy.
    3. Success to me is when I strive to do something, and get it done. - The definition I suppose is the same, but what I strive for has changed.

  2. 1. This question resonates with me . . . how long can a society maintain the expectation that things will continue to grow and expand? At what point do things collapse in on themselves? For a long time I did not see myself as successful as my parents, who were both saving and building business from a very early age. As I share stories of my early ventures with my own kids I realize I have some similarities. My parents and I were recently discussing this topic too, the world has changed dramatically. Things that were once "sure things" or "easy choice investments" aren't at this point. Mostly my answer relates to ?3, I believe I've (we've) been tremendously successful, in some different ways too.

    2. Yes. I like nice things. They do bring a certain amount of enjoyment. I do deliberate about any particular purchase, and try to determine how fleeting the joy may be.

    3. Success is measured in finance, to some extent . . . at least as far as I'm able to provide for needs of family. It is also measured in relationships, including my relationship with God.