Friday, October 06, 2006

Rule Number 76: No excuses. Play like a champion!

Not my original work, but I think it works on many levels.

NO EXCUSES SUNDAY: DEDICATED TO MISSING CHURCH ATTENDEES!

To make it possible for everyone to attend church this Sunday, we are going to have a special "No Excuses Sunday."

Cots will be placed in the foyer for those who say, "Sunday is my only day to sleep in."

There will be a special section with lounge chairs for those who feel that our pews are too hard.

Eye drops will be available for those with tired eyes from watching TV late Saturday night.

We will have steel helmets for those who say, "The roof would cave in if I ever came to church."

Blankets will be furnished for those who think the church is too cold, and fans for those who say it is too hot.

Scorecards will be available for those who wish to list the hypocrites present.

Relatives and friends will be in attendance for those who can't go to church and cook dinner, too.

We will distribute "Stamp Out Stewardship" buttons for those that feel the church is always asking for money.

One section will be devoted to trees and grass for those who like to seek God in nature.

Doctors and nurses will be in attendance for those who plan to be sick on Sunday.

The sanctuary will be decorated with both Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies for those who never have seen the church without them.

We will provide hearing aids for those who can't hear the preacher and cotton wool for those who think he's too loud!

Hope to see you there!

(miss anyone/anything?)

2 Comments:

At 06 October, 2006 12:01, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know Gun; grass, trees, lillies, & poinsettas (sp), this may trigger my alergies. And I wouldn't want to disrupt other people with my sneezing and coughing. :)
See you Sunday, Lord Willing, and save me a blanket. Since we are having a "Pot Prividence" meal I guess that throughs out the have to cook excuse.

-KingPin

 
At 06 October, 2006 12:55, Blogger ellendanis said...

What about those that think the church is too big/too small ... too modern/outdated ... too traditional/too contemporary ... has too many activities/not enough programs ... and on and on.

In the past, I have been so frustrated in attempts to reach out to family, friends and community and then hear the excuses time after time after time. I usually took the 'rejection' personally, often wallowing in self-condemnation because I 'failed' to get someone to come to church with my latest, new-fangled 'pitch'.

How much do I loathe the door-to-door salesmen and telemarketers that happen to catch me at home? Too much, I'm afraid!!! I don't care what they are selling, what miracle it will perform in my life or how cheap it is - I don't want any part of it! They have interrupted my day - I don't know and trust them - we have no relationship or bond. If that product or service is so wonderful, I'll hear about it from a friend or a source that I feel is reliable.

Light bulb moment!!! That is how others felt about my church 'pitches' - oh, my! And, let's face it . . . is my desire for them to (a) come to church with me or (b) for them to have a vibrate, growing relationship with Jesus Christ? (Correct answer: B)

For some reason, it was easier to talk about my church than to talk about my Savior . . . thank goodness I am over that now! God has helped me see a few of the many ways He is involved in my life on a daily basis. I love it when He helps me realize that I was at a certain place at a certain time because of His Sovereignty and ultimately His glory! I just can't keep quiet about that stuff! My excitement spills over into conversation with family, friends, and those in the community. Interesting thing about that . . . now I am being asked about my church - go figure! But, I have to admit, even though I will tell them the church name and where the building is located, I'd really just rather tell them about Jesus.

 

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