Talking with a Parent
I’ve been thinking about praying a lot about this “Think Orange” book. I’ve often tried to include parents in the ministry, but only if they came to the church already. Sure if guest parents showed up for a special function I would make my way over (often with high anxiety) to say hi and thank them for coming. However, I never really sought them out in any other way. We’re starting an Appleseeds program (mentoring group for preteen girls) and one church member encouraged me to call the parents of one of the girls. She comes regularly to our Wednesday night program, but her parents have never attended. I called and talked with her dad about the program and said we’d love to have her. It was a very pleasant conversation, leaving me to wonder why I had been putting it off so long. What is it about “outside” parents that leaves me shaking in my shoes? Why have I become so accustomed to taking the easy way out? Where is my heart for outreach, for SEEKING and saving the lost. I’d rather just wait for the lost to wander into the church first, and then I’d be happy to help save them! Somehow, I just don’t think that’s what Christ had in mind. I hope this book will help change my perspective, my motivation, and cause me not to be content to wait around for the lost to find me.