On Winning

How do we measure success at church?  What constitutes a win?

Is it parking spaces occupied?  Seats warmed?

Public professions of faith?  Baptisms?

Well, yes.

And no.

Jesus says that we, his disciples, will be known by our love.

I think a lot of that love, a lot of winning, happens without much fanfare at all.

It happens week after year after decade as God’s people choose to love well.

By setting up chairs.  Or folding bulletins.  Or making coffee.  Or vacuuming floors.  Or soothing crying babies.  Or listening to the one who looks different.  Or slipping out to the hospital in the middle of the night.  Or calling to pray with the one who is grieving.  Or working hard to give generously.

Maybe no one sees.

And, yet.

We need your love.

We need you.

Every single one of you.

All this to say, if you are tired tonight,

Tired of trying to recruit volunteers to the ministry of the hidden,

the ministry of the unglamourous.

Tired of wondering, deep down, if what you are doing matters that much.

Be encouraged.

You, friend, are loving well.

And that is a win.

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