fcahuddleA group of businessmen blessed me with a large, framed version of the Influence picture of the FCA some years back. The picture hangs outside my office in Gainesville to remind me that we are being watched. I’ve never been a member of FCA, but as a faith-based initiative I certainly support them.
A prebeliever (that’s somebody who doesn’t get it yet) dropped in recently to volunteer some time to help our outreach. Most of what we get done from cutting grass, cleaning building, event support, etc is done by prebelievers. As we visited, he offered what he saw in the picture. We are faith-based and everyone is welcome and served with respect and dignity.
I see a boy who has been left out and is on his own. The big boys won’t include him.” It hurt. The very picture I hang to remind me to include others does not have a hole in the huddle into which the boy can walk. No one in the huddle has a hand extended to him or a welcome face to invite. Wow. I felt humbled.
It is a great picture and the meaning is solid. We are being watched and we need to be influence for our beliefs, values, principles and practices. But we need holes in our huddles for prebelievers to walk into the circle.
Another prebeliever came by an hour later. He was nervous about coming to a class. As we met, he relaxed. Since it is parenting, I asked if his wife was coming. A big smile erupted on his face. “You mean,she can come, too? What about my kids?” We talked about the kids and decided we could handle it. They all came to class that night and the entire family found a place in the huddle.
Both families are coming to a movie night, another hole in the huddle. If fact, most of the families coming are prebelievers. We’ve left lots of holes in our huddle.
Most people, who read this page, are leaders. I want you to know, there is a hole in the huddle for you also. My door is open, my heart is open, and my love for you is deep.
There are times you feel like the boy in the picture. “Is it safe to approach? Will I be judged because I’m not big, holy, or happening enough? I”ve stubbed my toe on a huge problem and right now I don’t feel worthy, can I fit? Is there a hole in the huddle into which I can fit and relax and be me while I grow into who I want to be?”
Yes, there is a hole in the huddle. eme Stay strong. Don’t stand alone. I am with you.
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