In Panera Bread yesterday afternoon for lunch I walk up the counter to place my order and get a cellphone call from my wife giving me her order. So here I am standing at the counter and this conversation unfolds.
Me:Hi, how's it going I'm so sorry I'm on my phone my wife is giving me her order.
Panera Guy:Yeah (rolls eyes)
Me:Sweetheart hurry I'm standing here on my phone ordering and I feel like a jerk.
Panera Guy:Are you ready to order?
Me:No I'm sorry just one moment. (I get the order and hang up the phone)
Me:I'd like a broccoli cheddar in a bread bowl with a baguette, and a you pick two french onion soup in a bread bowl with a mediterranean veggie sandwich.
Panera Guy:I'm sorry I didn't get that...
Panera Guy:Yes can you repeat that.
Me:I'm sorry I was on my phone I feel like a jerk. I hate it when people do that.
Panera Guy:- blank stare... Are you going to order?
Me:I thought I already did?
Me:Yes, I ordered?
Panera Guy:Yes, but I need it again.
Me:Ok. I'd like a broccoli cheddar in a bread bowl with a baguette, and a you pick two french onion soup in a bread bowl with a mediterranean veggie sandwich.
Serve Danville or A Bunch Of Students Giving Up Their Saturday To Love God & Love People
My wife woke me up around 7:30am this past Saturday. 7:30am is not my normal Saturday wake up time. I enjoy sleeping in. Especially on rainy days in the Fall. It just feels natural to curl deeper into my cocoon of blankets and drift deeper into dreams. This past Saturday was different. I arose freshened up and headed down stairs for my coffee. This is of course essential for the day especially when I’m tired and look like this. This Saturday was special because I had the unique opportunity to go help some brothers and sisters in Christ who are planting a church in Danville, Virginia. Dan River Church is a church plant of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia. We had the opportunity to help Scott Randlett and his team spread the word about the start of Dan River Church, by hanging door-hangers with information on doorknobs around the community. So hence I rose early and headed out to hop on a bus and make my way to Danville.
Here’s where this Saturday gets cool. I get to do this with middle and high school students. It’s one thing for me to wake up early on a Saturday, it’s another thing for two, not half a van - not one bus, but two bus loads full of middle and high school students to wake up early on a Saturday and head out an hour from their homes to walk around serving the community all day. That’s exactly what happened. All morning our students walked around in the drizzling rain hanging door-hangers with information about Dan River Church on the doorknobs of poor, middle class, and high end homes.
It’s such a privilege to be able to serve God like this but, it’s even more of a privilege to serve God with students. I walked through one of the high end neighborhoods with one of my former PowerSource (middle school) students - he’s now a Living Proof (high school) student. We avoided sprinkler systems and bounded up giant brick stair cases hanging the door-hangers. It was while we were walking through this high end neighborhood that he looked over at me and said, “You know it’s probably these people that need to hear about Jesus the most because they don’t want for anything.” Those words spoke volumes to me. Not just about the people in the neighborhood, but about the heart of this student and how he is growing in Christ.
When we team up to serve so much can be accomplished for the Kingdom of God. There are those who have never heard of Dan River Church who may end up at the doors of that church - finding a new home, or at it’s altar - beginning a new life in Christ. There are students that loaded up on buses early on a Saturday who were able to learn more about what it means to be the hands and feet of the body of Christ by doing something simple to share the love and message of Jesus Christ in a practical way.
“You know it’s probably these people who need Jesus the most, they don’t want for anything”—One of my students as we walked through a high end neighborhood spreading the word about the Dan River Church plant