I was reminded today of the account where a man approaches three brick layers and asks them what they are doing. The first responded, “I am laying bricks.” The second man responded, “I am earning $17.50 an hour.” The third said, “I am building the most beautiful church building in the city. When I’m done, people will come here to worship the Lord.”
All three responses were true and accurate statements but, by every appearance, only the third brick layer was captivated by the ultimate purpose and destination of his work.
I can’t say that I’m entirely purpose driven. I’d like to tell you that whenever I put my hand to a task that I’m thinking of ‘the bigger picture.’ I can’t. Today, however, was different. Today was the 6th time in the last four weeks I’ve done something I detest. I can’t stand painting. Painting ruins clothes. As a teenager, painting was something my mom made me do. Even as I type this, my hands and fingers are covered with paint that did not come off in the shower. And yet, there I was……painting…….again.
Why? Because I can’t stop thinking about what God might be planning to do through the soon-to-be-launched (September 7) ministry, The Well. Over the last few weeks, I haven’t been painting as much as I’ve been dreaming. I’ve been imagining the people who might soon come through the doors and into our ‘church’ for the first time. I’ve been thinking about what their impression will be of the physical environment, the people who greet them, and the God who is proclaimed here.
I am amazed at what a compelling vision does to people. I’ve had over a dozen people help me with painting our Sports Hall (if you’re one of those people and are reading this, THANK-YOU!). I asked most of my helpers, ‘When was the last time you painted?’ None could remember. Clearly, they didn’t care for painting either. And yet, all conveyed to me what a positive experience it was for them to help paint. They got it. This wasn’t about paint. This wasn’t even about volunteerism. This was about being a part of something special. This was about investing time and effort in something that will pay eternal dividends.
I’m thrilled with how many get this. I’ve got folks lining up to paint walls, park cars, pour coffee, teach children, press buttons on a computer, and so on. Why? They see purpose beyond the task. They envision the destination……They envision creating an irresistible place for people to meet Jesus Christ.
I am so encouraged by those who have helped us prepare for The Well. I count it a privilege to be a part of such a dedicated team of people. Thank-you.
If you would like to more closely track the ministry of The Well and, if you are on facebook, you can join The Well fb group at: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=17585913226&ref=mf