Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The little girl in the purple shirt

I was standing there manning the castle moon bounce when all of a sudden she broke into my world. In the eyes of the world she is insignificant. She is tiny, she is ignorant of the ways of the world, she is impolite, but at that moment, the precise moment that she came into my life, The Creator allowed me to see her God label. All she wanted was for someone to say she was beautiful. For someone to recognize that she, by merely being alive, was Gods prized creation. Too often little girls in purple shirts, and little boys in green shirts, are looked over...they are harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd. You see I was once a little girl in a purple shirt, I too longed for someone to see ME, not just my circumstance or as the inconvenience that got in their way. It wasn't until someone took the time time to brush the mess off my face and just love me for me that I could even begin to fathom that there was a God out there and He loved me. I bet you were that little girl or boy too.

So what do we do with that? When we are caught up in a love relationship with Christ we are called into action. We are called to share good news! Here at our church we have AWESOME news. Some of our news is we have just bought this amazing building that is going to fill some major needs in our community. That means that no matter who you are or what you believe you can have a place to come meet people, have fun, and maybe even learn something. So the staff here at our church wanted to come up with a way for you to share this good news. That's the whole point of the Block's to find the girl in the purple shirt and say "hey, we love you just for being you!" It's to bring the community into our space and show them first hand ALL that we have to offer. And let's be honest, we have a TON to offer. I want to encourage, no implore you, to take a major part in this Block Party. Don't let this be just another event where you let the harassed and helpless pass you by. If you call our church your home church and you have a growing relationship with Jesus, you should want to be apart of this perfect opportunity to share some good news. And don't just take my word for it. “35Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."Matt 9:35-38

The staff of our church is praying that the Lord of the harvest will send us His workers. Not for our benefit, or because we don’t want to work (trust us we will be working, too) but because the harvest is so plentiful. There are so many people in our community who need to be loved, and we simply can’t love on all of them by ourselves. So, maybe you are saying, “I don’t have anything to offer,” or “I don’t feel comfortable talking to people I don’t know.” This is the perfect opportunity to learn how. We have tons of games, food, music, and more to help you connect with the people that walk in the door. We will also have seasoned veterans (don’t lick them though, Tom Smith tried and some people got really offended plus he said they didn’t taste good) who will be there to help get you started.

Come on, sign up to work a game, or make sno-balls, or even help people find a place to park. You never know, you might be the one that begins to change their view of eternity.

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