Fav’ time –
Every morning I cannot wait to get out of the house and down to my favorite cafe’. No, it’s not that I don’t love being home; its just PCJ has become a kind of comfort blanket for me. I’ve only been hanging out here for a short time and already I know the whole staff, and even the regulars that come in are beginning to speak now. I’ve got other cafes in the area I go to regularly, and I like them too. But in the morning, first thing, I mean, that’s a great way to start the day – being in a warm, comfortable place with nice people, you don’t even know well, yet.
If you hang around a place long enough conversation happens, unless you’re a real jerk. I’ve already been invited into conversations with seeking people who just want to hear what my take is. How they found out I was a pastor I don’t know. I never tell anyone. Actually, the other day the funniest thing happened. We had a great guy come to our kind of “get acquainted” lunch for new folks at the Vineyard, and there were about 22 people there. I always take the time to let people tell their story. I love to hear them and am always amazed at the fascinating ways God gets to people. Like I said, this one guy, who happens to be a great musician and works at a local music store was there. He said that he had talked to me when I had been in the store, and when he visited the church for the first time, he was surprised to see me playing electric guitar with the band. He thought, “Cool. I know someone else that goes to this church.” But then I stepped up to preach, and he went, “What? He’s the pastor!”
A friend of mine who has been planting churches in Europe for decades said that if we just took the time to go and hang with people, people we don’t even know, for long enough, God would see that we become a “chaplain” to that venue. That is such cool stuff. Any of us can go somewhere we like to hang, be nice, and pray quietly that God would open up conversations.
I don’t know how many weddings, and funerals I’ve done for the surfing community – a bunch, I can tell you. People call me, some I don’t even know at all. Why? Because I’ve been a part of that community for decades and when they want to get married or have trouble and pain they call me, many times. What a joy and privilege.
I believe God’s favorite time of the day was when He was walking in the garden with Adam and Eve. Wouldn’t it be cool if our favorite times were when we walked with others in their “gardens” at their favorite time of the day? Who knows? You might even become a chaplain to that group without ever even noticing