From the Children’s Ministry….

There is a phrase that I probably overused as a teacher and have no idea where it came from, “Don’t just sit there like a bump on a pickle!” That phrase comes to mind as we end a month thinking about, praying for, and dreaming of the future of our church.

 While I am always disappointed when we have no children for me to work with on Wednesday nights, I recently found myself with nothing to do and was able to sit in with the adults as they watched one of Bob Goff’s “Dream Big” video sessions. I found his points to be valid and helpful, although I have to admit to wondering if he needed to be on a “no fly” list after hearing some of the stunts he has pulled. During the discussion before the video, I was impressed with the thoughts and ideas of the members present.

In addition to the Wednesday night sessions, we have heard from several speakers who have challenged us to use the interim period as a preparation for whatever God has in store for our future as a church. I have heard these discussions continue with the ladies of the church at book club meetings and Tuesday lunches.

Now it is time to put all of that preparation to use. We are open minded.  We have ideas. We are anxious to get started.

As you know from recent children’s sermons, I do a lot of thinking during my morning walks.  One recent walk reminded me of how far I have come over the last fourteen months. One of my biggest concerns when I had Covid was that I would never be “me” again. My body was so weakened by that disease that I honestly did not think I would ever be able to do the things I used to do. I remember how happy I was when the doctor first told me I could begin exercising again, cautioning me that I could sit on the exercise bike for 5 minutes, and only 5 minutes, a day. After a week or two of 5 minute daily sessions, I was told I could do 5 minutes, and only 5 minutes, twice a day. After that, I was given the green light to walk (just around the perimeter of the house at first) and increase those walks as my oxygen level would allow. Fourteen months later, I am exercising more on a daily basis than I ever have in my life.  In the past, I have been the poster child for starting an exercise program gung ho only to give it up shortly thereafter. While the past fourteen months have seemed like an eternity, I have come to realize that all my previous efforts failed because I did not proceed at a reasonable speed. I did not take the time to properly prepare my body for a routine I could continue daily for an extended period of time. The right speed and preparation make all the difference!

It is time for our church to “stop sitting there like a bump on a pickle.” However, we need to proceed at a sustainable rate.  We have good ideas.  We are all on the same page, seeking God’s guidance for where we need to go as a church. We need to be cautious and not try to implement all the ideas at once. We need to move as one body together, strengthening as we go.  I believe with all my heart that God has a plan for Parkway. I believe that we are a small church that can accomplish big things. It is going to take all of us. Caroline Smith is young and energetic. That energy should inspire us, but we must not put all of the burden of moving Parkway forward on her shoulders.  We all have a role to play and we must be willing to do our part. My hope and prayer is that when we look back fourteen months from now, we will be amazed at how far we have come and that we will be confident that the progress we have made has been good.

I’m ready to get off the pickle. Are you?