One of the things that I love about working at Crossroads is the way that our staff strengthen and challenge me. I don’t know if any of you are introverts, but my guess is that some of you might be. And if you are, you know how terrifying and exhausting something like this is:
Getting up on stage and acting silly is super hard for this introvert! But getting to laugh until your cheeks hurt is simply one of my favorite things. We got to take something funny (and challenging for some of us) and turn it into something that reminded each us that we need to shoot for remarkable performances that leave people with wanting an encore. Our work and what we do needs to be done with excellence and passion.
One of our staff did just that this past weekend. Pastor Tina led a group of families on a mission trip to Growing Hope Farm in Wisconsin. I usually take this time to tell you about what they did or why we serve there, but this blog post, I want to share something different. One of the men who work on the farm spent a lot of time with the families over the weekend and asked Tina this question: “Are you all related?” Pastor Tina laughed and told him that they were not…it was a group of individual families from Crossroads that were serving together! The group just went to church together. He was surprised by her response and then said “ You can usually tell when you have groups of people who aren’t related and who are related.The families act like your group. Kind and helping each other.”
And I think that’s exactly what Jesus wants people to see in those of us who love and serve Him. Not only a performance worthy of an encore, but a performance where we are known by our love.
Director of Missions and Care
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35