I should qualify that title; leading people to God is exhausting, in a great and filling kind of way. You see, my wife and I have been on a staff for a Cursillo weekend.
Cursillo? What’s Cursillo, you might ask? Well, Cursillo is a ministry of the Episcopal Church that started in the Catholic Church of Spain. It’s a three-day, intensive process of talks designed to help participants find how they fit into God’s plan.
As staff members, there was a great deal of prep work before, during and after our 29 participants arrived. Let’s just say, I am glad that I took Monday off in an attempt to recharge and re-enter the real world.
But, with all of the grumbling about being tired, I would not trade the opportunity to help others discover God’s love and His grace. To watch the physical and emotional change take place at my table during the weekend was a blessing, and something that I will always cherish.
But, what I didn’t expect was the physical and emotional transformation in me. Sure, I was sleep deprived and ate too much junk food, but that wasn’t the agent of change. It was God. It was His grace, and it was His love, all of which flowed through me to my ‘pilgrims.’ But the transformation happened, when my pilgrims turned around and gave it right back to me. That’s pretty cool!
For three days, I operated at a level of excitement and enthusiasm that I didn’t think sustainable; as did the rest of the staff. I know that God was fueling our actions and our intentions. He had designed the days, scheduled the outcomes and needed us as His instruments of change. We were, quite simply, paintbrushes, wielded by an artisan, to color the canvas of our pilgrims’ souls. It was out honor to serve Him in this manner.
But, should it take an over the top weekend filled with singing, talks and M&Ms to bring someone to God? For some, yes, but for most, I don’t think so. This really brings me to the point I want to make. As a modern society, why isn’t God more prevalent in our lives?
I don’t think that it is by design, or is it?
So many distractions compete for our attention. Just think of how many devices we look at in a week, a day, an hour, and even in a minute. Do we really need to ‘know’ something about something every minute of the day? I’m just asking…
But it’s not just the computers, smart phones, and tablets; it’s the billboards, the magazines, the radio and the television. With all of these other ‘things’ slicing into our pie of time, where does that leave time for our families, our faith and even ourselves?
I am not advocating a ‘stay at home mom/dad’ boycott, or to tell your boss to go pound sand. But, perhaps, it is time to shed an activity for the kids and put away the work cell phone on the weekend. The kids will be fine with (only) three activities after school, and the crisis emails can wait.
Instead, take some time for you. Sit quietly. Perhaps read a book, or pray. You could also write down your feelings, ideas or sketch something in pencil. You’ll be amazed at what creative things pop into your head when you start to unplug and unschedule for a few minutes.
Once you have successfully carved away more time for you. I want you to close your eyes, breath deeply and listen. And then do it again. You see, in that quiet time between the rustle of the leaves and the chirp of a bird, or among the background sounds of your neighborhood street, you might also find that God is also there. He has always been there. He has been patiently waiting for you.
So, perhaps it does take an exhausting mountain top experience of a weekend to find God. Or, perhaps it doesn’t. Either way you go, He is still on the path with you, waiting to walk with you in the quiet moments…the loud moments…the sad moments…the silly moments…the scary moments…and the joyful moments.
Leading people to God is…awesome.
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