Posted on June 23, 2015
Last Saturday, almost 50 of our members got up early, pulled on a navy blue t-shirt, and spread out all throughout Norman, Moore, and South OKC. Between helping with check-ins, manning intersections, or handing out water, our people served the Oklahoma Baptist Children's Home in their annual Miles for Smiles Bike Ride, their largest fundraiser of the year.
It was interesting for me to see this event, as we took students far and wide to help riders know when and where to turn, and do so at a time of day that was earlier than I would've wanted to get up if I were a youth. As we were cheering people on, I heard one student ask why people thought this kind of thing would be fun. The response? "I don't know, cheer anyways."
That got me thinking. What would happen if we as a church were willing to go the extra mile for each other, even if it meant getting up early on a day we usually slept in? What would happen if we sometimes portrayed an attitude of "I don't know, cheer anyways" in all of our dealings with each other? The way that we love one another is going to directly impact our ability to live the journey with each other, even when we don't always quite know exactly why.
Maybe this can be informative as we change our Sunday morning schedule. To be honest, I don't know how Wade is going to preach twice on a Sunday - I can't imagine preaching, feeling completely drained, then having to preach again. Or Chad - can you imagine leading one service in one worship style, then having to turn around and lead another one in a completely different style a short time later? Or what about our sound people, our greeters and hospitality teams, our childcare workers, etc., all facing some kind of additional responsibilities?
I don't know, cheer anyways.