If you’ve grown up in the churches of Christ you’ve probably heard, “Oh, aren’t you the ones that …” and you can fill in the blank with a lot of things. Most of the things I used to hear when people filled in the blanks were on the negative side and not always very nice.
So when the lady caught me at Walmart yesterday and said, “Oh, you go to the church of Christ? I’ve heard about you guys. Aren’t you the ones….” I cringed thinking the worst. I quickly finished her sentence in my head with about 10 things that I thought she might say. Then she finished her sentence. “Aren’t you the ones that are doing a lot of good things in the community to help people?”
WHAT? That was NOT what I expected. I’m sure my face showed some excitement as I had to force myself not to dance a little jig right there in the store (because you know… we don’t dance either (smile) ). Instead of hearing something negative I got something positive.
As I floated out of Walmart, I couldn’t help but think to myself, “The church of Christ … a church that helps others … I like that!” It made me think of Jesus, “and Jesus went around doing good…” (Acts 10:38) and that’s exactly the kind of church I want to be.