"Just Hanging Out" this 4th of July

My spirit has been heavy these past couple of weeks and I’ve been thinking about all we do to help someone move from “street to the seat” as we help them B.E.L.O.N.G.. I’ve been listening to your comments, what is working for you, what’s not, what we still have to learn and what we can teach others to help churches be more successful at helping persons choose Christ and belong to the church family.

The lesson I learned today is one of not forgetting simple pleasures. My oldest son Caleb reminded us this afternoon of the simple pleasures of just hanging out. We’ve spent a lazy southern California afternoon in the backyard watching our boys; Caleb (7), Josiah (2), and Levi (4 mths) play on the swing and sit in the bouncer seat. Just a few minutes ago we made smores in the fire pit as Caleb says these words, “This is the best day of my life.” We asked him what made this that kind of day. He says, “Because we are just hanging out.”

Those words caught my attention so I went directly to my computer and began typing this post. “This is the best day of my life.” What have we done today differently than any other Sunday afternoon in the past couple of years. I get home around 2:00 p.m. after the 4th of 6 services and we have a mid afternoon snack, take a nap, or if they are up to it we play in the backyard before heading back for the last 2 services at 4:30/6:30 p.m.. Today, the difference is the recognition that the entire family is in the backyard together just hanging out. We are sabbathing and even a 7 year old can recognize the theology of “just hanging out”.

I think there is a simple lesson for us here. Some times the best strategy for helping someone move from the street to the seat and belong is a ton easier than 3 points, 2 hymns, and a story. It is as my son Caleb is teaching us today that before you can move someone from their street you need to just hang out. It will be the best day of your life and there’s too.

So on this 4th of July don’t ask your folks for more. Encourage them to “Just Hang Out”.

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