Posé: A pause or rest stop along the Voyageurs' portage trail. Usually about ½ mile apart. We invite you to take a pause in your day to reflect and pray with us.  

"If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen." 1 Peter 4:11

I was born and raised in the small town of College Station, TX. At least, that was the understanding I had of my home town growing up. It wasn't until I spent a summer in Colorado that I realized my view of a "small town" may have been a bit skewed. After all, College Station ranks as the 37th most populous city in Texas. What city holds that ranking in Minnesota? That would be Ramsey, with a population of 25,000. College Station's population is 100,000. I have come to realize that my small town was a bit "Texas sized."

On the other hand, growing up as a member of the Bassett family in College Station was not so unlike what I've experienced since moving to Cook, population of 600.  My dad and his siblings grew up in College Station. The majority of my family still lived, went to school, and worked in town. If we left the house we stood a greater chance of seeing somebody that knew our family than we did of not doing so. As I grew older I realized that any of my actions, any of my words, could become a reflection on the Bassett name. Being a Bassett was an identity I wore at all times.

Growing up I struggled with what it meant to live a Christian life. It wasn't until I was older and found myself drawn to the passage from 1 Peter that I began to see how overly complicated I was trying to make it. I realized that life as a Christian is more like growing up in a small town. Just as I was always a Bassett in my home town, so our identities as Christians do not go away simply because we are not actively displaying them. We should remember that for many people around the world, it is our actions and not the Bible through which they create an image of God. However, we do not get to choose which actions they will form their views upon. It is our responsibility to speak and serve "so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ." After all, you never know when you'll run into your father's 9th grade English teacher at the grocery store.


Mev Winter

VLM Guest Relations Coordinator