Before the benediction, following the alter call at the church I attend they have a small segment called “work of the church” during this time the Pastor briefs the church on what is happening within the life of the church, then he calls their attention to areas at which they can serve during the week, and lastly gives a benediction. The benediction has taken special meaning for me since I’ve started attending this church. It seems that the alter call, calls us to a time of holiness and excitement as people accept Christ and join the church, next the congregations is encouraged to become part of things that are happening, and lastly a benediction is pronounced sending us out into the community to serve!
On my way home today as all of this began to unfold in my head, I asked myself “when and where does the work of the church happen?” I’ve wrestled with this question all day and only can conclude that the church building equips us and encourages us to be the church. I think we have become confused, Jesus did was not in the synagogue all the, he worked the streets, he rubbed elbows with the lowest of the low! So, where the the building and fancy gym come from? Perhaps the work of the church happens Monday – Saturday and the equipping on Sunday, would you agree? If you agree, why are we putting dollars into church infrastructure and nickels into missions? From this day forward let us work outside the church and get refilling on the inside!
Have you ever heard someone telling a story full of pain, emotion and brokenness? I have. Every time I hear a story about someones broken past I wonder how they were able to deal with all of that and able to share their story with others. Typically after hearing a heartbreaking story I wonder, what they saw; if they knew they were being treated wrong and why they let it happen or acted a certain way.
All of those questions took a new form for me this week after I interviewed a young lady who was adopted, went to job corps, had three children all of which she had lost, and her age and mine were not far apart.
I was resistant to offering her an interview due to the poor quality of her resume, but at the bottom of her resume it said “I want to help those who have had struggles like myself”. During the interview she talked about her past and how she wanted and needed a better future. As she talked I began to talk to myself wondering why she was there and how I would tell her I couldn’t hire her (I still haven’t told her). Once she finished talking I thanked her for her time and she left.She has something to offer the world, I’m not sure what but she has something just as we all do.
We all have experienced things they we would rather not talk about. How do we take out story lead with it and use it for good? I’m not sure if there is a correct answer, but I do know that we all deal with things differently. Some by helping others to not go through what they have. I’m not sure what I will do for the young lady that I interviewed earlier this week or if I can even help her – I will pray, that is all I can offer right now.
After that interview my question isn’t why was their life that way, but how, how can I help you even if I don’t understand you?