When you live in the south and you are making plans for which Easter service you’re going to attend you arrive at the perfect time only after discussing plans with every member of your family – the ones who live close by and the ones who don’t – and put together everybody’s schedule until it fits perfectly like a 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle (with a couple of pieces missing).
And it goes something like this: first, it takes women some time to get ready on Easter. Some SERIOUS time. Then you gotta remember the men are trying to make their 1:00 tee times. And everybody is trying to figure out where the best fried chicken is gonna be found after church. Oh and if your children are little – you gotta figure in some time for somebody in the family to get home QUICK and hide a bunch of colorful hard boiled eggs with cross stickers on them before the kids burst out of the car looking for them like a bunch of sugared-up-crazed-lunatics (which is exactly what they are on Easter morning).
So it’s sort of a scheduling nightmare. And if your own family’s issues aren’t enough, you then gotta take into account the members of the C&E Club.
What’s the C&E Club you ask? That’s the designation for family members or friends who come into town and only go to church two times a year – Christmas and Easter (thus the abbreviation, C&E).
Those people used to really get under my skin. I’m a tithing member of a church, for heaven’s sake. Been sittin’ in the same spot for years and years. What right does a C&E-er think they have to come sit in my place on my pew row (no, it doesn’t have my name on it but it should) and mess up my Easter Sunday plans? That’s just disrespectful and borderline un-Southern.
Thankfully I’m in a different place in my spiritual journey these days. I’ve learned it’s not about ME – it’s about THEM. What if this was the ONLY Sunday a college boy EVER went to church in his life? What if this was the FIRST time a young mother heard the gospel? What if all the seats were taken by us “regulars” and there was no room for the members of the C&E Club?
“See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.” (Matthew 18:10-14)
Jesus desires for EVERY SINGLE PERSON to know Him. He is always looking for those who are lost. And many times the only day you can get someone to even try going to church is on Christmas or Easter. My personal pick for Easter would be Sunday morning, 9:30 service. But you won’t see us there at that time, because we’re making room for the C&E Club.
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