Ever read the book “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein? Good book, eh? Nice metaphors? Teaching stuff, etc.
In the children’s book of poems “Where the Sidewalk Ends”, there’s a a great one at the very beginning that I’d like to share with you.
If you are a dreamer, come in,
If your a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax golden tales to spin
Being in ministry, I think this is how our doors should be to anyone who comes in, especially for the 1st time. I wonder if people don’t come to churches because they think they need to BE someone or something. That they aren’t allowed to be a searcher, figuring things out, someone who from time to time messes up. So they avoid our doors and find acceptance somewhere else…anywhere else.
Well, I’m about the invitation. The openness to say, sit with me and let’s figure life out together. No simple answers, just honest life together. Even if you are a liar or magic bean buyer because the truth of the matter is, we’re all something or other in need of being redeemed and renewed. The invitation He made to US, we must make to everyone else. Please note that no where do I say to lower your standards…what I am saying is don’t hoard your standards over others. Who made you better anyhow:)
So what does that look like for you, in your setting? In your life? If you had to put words to the invitation yourself, what would it look like?
And in case you were wondering…our invitation looked like this:
“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David. – Isaiah 55:1-3