I sat there captivated as the young man spoke. His words and wisdom were beyond his years. He was brief and to the point. The meeting was inspirational, informal, fun, and very uplifting. Everyone seemed to come away challenged. I thought to myself, “This is what church should be like”, and then I realized I was in church.
Being the son of a preacher, I grew up attending church regularly. Yes, that’s right, my dad made me go to church. I didn’t have to pray about it or feel led. I just got dressed and got in car, because church always seemed to be where we were going when the car started. I’ve had many people through the years tell me they no longer attend church because their parents made them go when they were small and they were turned off by being forced to go. Well, that doesn’t seem to be the attitude of any of my brothers or sisters, nor of my own children.
I know you don’t have to go to church to be a Christian, but personally I’ve always known it was the good and right thing to do. Now I will admit I have gone to some pretty disturbing churches, where the services lasted to long......and thats just the churches I pastored. I will have to say that overall I’ve had good experiences with church, though I know that is not the case with many. But I just believe, generally, you get out of something what you put into it. So I choose to invest my life into churches that are relevant, exciting (non-boring), excellent, inspirational, and that care enough to continually reach out to all kinds of people. Years ago my son said that was the kind of church he wanted to pastor one day.
Did I tell you that the young man who captivated me with words and wisdom beyond his years, that was inspirational, relevant, brief and caring was my son?
I now attend Discovery Church, the new church he started in Austin, Texas. It is so good and right for son of a preacher to sit and listen to his own son of a preacher.