“Repainting the Picture”, by Pastor Rob Argot
Not being a painter myself, I have to trust the words of others about dealing with mistakes in the original painting. You can always start over with a new canvas, or simply paint over the mistake (if it was a light colored paint). I think it was Bob Ross who would simply turn a mistake into a tree.
A short while ago, I was at an event on faith and the environment. As an opening exercise, we were asked to close our eyes and picture the environment. Personally, I pictured a tree next to a stream, and a deer nearby. The leader then asked how many of us had people included in their mental pic-ture. Most of us did not. The point the speaker was making is that people are also part of the environment, and so when we speak of impacts upon the environment (on this day, the focus was on carbon emissions), we also need to include the impact on people, not just the land, plants, and animals.
This made my mind wander, and so now I want you to paint a picture in your mind. Picture the church.
You already see the idea coming, don’t you? When you picture the church, do you picture people? And if you picture people, how do you picture them? Are they seated in pews, or standing at the pews? Was your picture of the church from the outside or the inside? Did your picture include the building at all? What was the main focus of your picture…the building or the people?
While many of us picture the church as a brick (or stone, or wooden) structure, we must remember and live out the fact that the church is more than the building…it is more about the people…both those gathered there and those elsewhere.
The church is more than bricks.
Hmmm….”More Than Bricks.” Sounds like a catchy slogan, doesn’t it? I wonder if we could make use of that?