I missed church this morning. Didn’t want to take Brynn out and risk her picking anything up. It was actually a relief not to go. I didn’t have to figure out what to wear or how to fix my hair. I didn’t have to put on my happy face and tell everyone that all things are “fine”.
It was a PTA meeting that got me thinking. During the meeting last Tuesday we discussed the migration of students from Chicago to Cedar Rapids. Our neighborhood and elementary is seeing the majority of these kids and when they get to school they come without any supplies, hardly any clothing and sometimes without a home to live in. Parents are jobless and families need food and other basic necessities. The school is doing it’s best to meet the needs of these students but we don’t have a social worker and individuals are taking on these roles.
Stephen and I will never pretend to be perfect or run a perfect household. A while back when the poetry slam closed down and our Wednesday dinners dissolved we were encouraged to focus on our home and not so much on outside ministries. I’ll be the first to say that my family is my first priority and ministry, but since we haven’t been doing much else I have realized that we have gotten pretty comfortable in our solitude, and when I look around I see much of the same. I’m thinking that there is a happy medium that we need to find. I’m thinking that when we reach out to others (which is what we are called to do) it just might help us to stay focused and to keep the right perspective. (And when I say “others” read “those outside the church.) When we spend all of our time within the walls of our church I feel like we can loose our grip on the realities of the world outside. And that bothers me. I think that fellowship with people in the church is important, but I don’t think that it is how we should spend all of our time or what we should revolve all of our programs around.
I have seen God do amazing things in relationships when we are willing to skip our Starbucks and play dates to do ministry together. What good is it if we are all just shaking our salt around in the salt shaker.