Thursday, April 28, 2016

Humble Pie, part deux

So, I told the wife my story and she posed the question, my knowing he was a Christian, "Why didn't I invite him to Church one Sunday?"


We attend "THEE" Episcopal Church in town, it's downtown and our Chancel and Nave were built in 1878, operating continuously since then. It's not that we're particularly "stuffy;" but, we are Episcopal and proud of our heritage and history, yet our Diocesan Bp. has challenged and called us, as a Diocese, to become more missional.

I wish I could say that I've already offered that invitation, but I've not gotten the courage to do so. This circumstance lays heavy on my heart and I know what the right action is, but still, am I strong enough in my conviction to do what I'm called to?

Sometimes simple solutions are not so easy to accept, especially when our call to minister becomes so personal.

More to follow...  

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Eating humble pie

For some time now (probably around two years) there has been a “homeless” person living under a storage trailer on our on our business’s property. I know him, he knows me, and occasionally he does “odd jobs” around the place for pocket money. There are other “homeless” folks in the neighborhood but they sleep and stay elsewhere. Did I mention my place of business is not in the best part of town?

Anyway, today he came in for a cup of ice from our ice machine and while here humbled me by a question he posed. He asked simply: “Why didn’t I judge him?” My reply was I didn’t feel called to judge.

BUT… it got me to thinking about whether that reply was really honest or not; because in truth, I do hold very strong opinions about a lot of things. But not about him or his choice of lifestyle.

I suppose I’ll do quite a bit of reflection on his question in the next few days.