After what has been a rather dry winter so far, we have finally had a couple snowstorms in the past front of my house, I know it is not enough. And I also know that in other parts of the country 12 inches in the next 24 hours on top of an already snowy winter). That seems to be the way of life, there’s either too much or too little, it’s either too hot or too cold, it’s either too wet or it’s too dry. Like Goldilocks, we want it to be just right.
Which brings to mind the question, what is “just right” when it comes to church? Is worship too short, too long? Is it too traditional, or not traditional enough? Are there enough opportunities for fellowship or should there be more? Are there sufficient opportunities to study the scriptures, to explore our faith, or should we add more? Are we doing enough to serve the community or are we overextended?
Maybe there is no “just right” when it comes to the church. I say that because when something seems to be just right, we have a tendency to sit back and let it ride. And the church should never be letting it ride. We should always be challenged to do more, to be more, so that God’s love is evident to us as well as the world around us.
The United Methodist Church gathers for a special session of General Conference later this month. The denomination may look different following the decisions made there. No matter what the General Conference decides, we can NOT sit back and let it ride. Let’s continue to seek to live according to what Jesus teaches, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:37-39) And in doing that maybe we will find what just right really means.
Peace, shalom, heiwa, salaam, paix,