Ok - so I got some free tickets to attend the Friday Kings / Cavaliers game. I was incredibly excited because the seats were row "H" and on the isle at center court. I was also pumped about seeing LeBron James - probably the best player in the league.
The Kings really beat the Cav's. Serious. They outplayed them up and down the court with a 16 point lead with just 30 seconds left in the 3rd quarter.
That's when the Kings choked... they just started playing like wussy's. They tried to protect the lead... to be too careful. They stopped being aggressive. They stopped attacking on offense.
I HATED THE GAME! It was ours. It was a win. It was in the bag. And we choked... again! I went home and was physically mad. Then... I was even more mad at myself for being mad about another stupid loss. I would rather have lost by 20 than have it go down to the wire like that... and choke.
Oh, I'm still a fan... it's in my blood. I wish I could get a transfusion, but I won't.
Here's the insight. I think we do the same in the church. We see people come to Christ (we get a lead), and then we go into protect mode. We just want to 'keep our lead.' We don't continue to be aggressive. We don't continue to passionately reach out to unchurched people.
And that, my friends, is more than disappointing. I am so thrilled that we have a church that continues to reach out! As we grow bigger than we've ever been (well over 700 now), we continue to be aggressive, to seek ways to reach out, to not protect our lead but to gain on our lead.
I love Impact Community Church.