The poet, Kabir, was described as a "divine smart-aleck" so I immediately liked him. He wrote a poem called, "A Great Pilgrimage."
It goes like this...
I felt in need of a great pilgrimage
so I sat still for three days
and God came
I think this is what the season of Lent is all about. It's about doing something out of the ordinary in order to let God in.
At this point in our Lenten experience we have either successfully stuck to our Lenten disciplines, or we have successfully justified why we can cheat or call it quits. With either success, the practice is to let God come to us.
So what are some other ways we can let God come to us?
How about teaching Sunday school? Many will turn me down when I ask if they would be willing to teach Sunday school, because they will miss their own classes. This is true, but have you ever considered what you are missing when you don't teach children's Sunday school?
How about being a mentor for baptism class? Many people feel they are not knowledgeable or worthy of leading children through baptism classes. This is untrue. Think of what the children are not receiving because you are absent.
There is a difference in saying "no" because you are scared, or it doesn't work in your schedule, or you feel unworthy. Let fear motivate you to try something different. Allow space in your schedule for God.
Where would we be without brave folks like Nelda Bruce, or Pam Walker, Or Dan Simmons, or Jarrett Freeman? Do you think it was easy, or safe, for them to share their stories of faith with a whole congregation? I'd say not, but think what we would have missed had they continued walking on their pilgrimage instead of sitting to let God in?
All this to say two things...
1. When I call, or when someone from the children's team calls you and asks you to be a leader for our children, think about what you and they will miss if you say no.
2. Don't let fear, or schedule, or insecurities keep you from letting God in.
Ok 3 things…
3. Sit still.