My son, Gabriel had just finished handling a series of math problems.
As far as subjects go, he prefers literature, philosophy, outdoor education, Biblical history, you know…what he considers the good stuff.
But when it came time for his break he was kind enough to let me know that he would not be putting on his own timer.
Gabriel wanted me to tell him when his break was over.
Do you know why?
Because he was hoping that I would forget the time, the goal;
…and Gabriel, well…
…he could happily remain in the math free zone.
Does that sound familiar?
Throughout my travels as I go here and there across North America…
…helping Pastors and their leaders to evangelize their people…
….what I have found is very similar to Gabriel’s break time.
The congregation has more or less taken a hiatus from what they consider to be an uncomfortable subject.
And since their leaders have not told them explicitly and repetitively that it is time to get back to the task of being salt of the earth, a city on a hill etc…
…many of our people go happily along playing with ideas and ways of life that they find much more pleasant.
OF COURSE WE COULD COMPLAIN THAT…
…Gabriel or a people should be watching their own clocks…
…but hey, we’re the leaders.
So when it is time to call them to the task,
…let’s be clear, explicit, loud even;
…until those under our care begin to focus again on what our Lord has called us all to do.
Have a great week, friends.
in Christ, patrick