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We continue in the THursdayTHought Re-Run Summer. From July 7, 2011.
I come from a long line of porch sitters. But, after all these years, I finally joined the parade…
Some of you know that every year we travel to meet my family in Ocean City, New Jersey. May parents rent a house by the beach and we have a great time over the Fourth of July week.
About 10 years ago, we got a notice that there was going to be a parade and we were invited to join. “Decorate your bikes, put on your red, white, and blue, and join with us.” I didn’t. At about 6 o’clock the parade came round: a drummer and about 12 people (presumably the drummer’s family) came marching through the street singing off-key patriot songs.
Every year, that drummer got older, the parade got bigger (still singing off-key), and I still sat on the porch. Until three years ago — then, wondered why I didn’t grab the girls and jump in the parade. I made the call: I was going to do the parade the next time around. Last year we missed it because we hadn’t got to the beach yet. But, this year, the girls and I jumped in — we even got my sister-in-law and nephew to go with us. We marched around, waved our flags, and sang with the off-key singers. We even stopped at a house who was welcoming home someone who had been deployed in the military!
Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise.1 Corinthians 3:18
There are all sorts of parades that God has started. Parades for justice, parades for mercy, parades for the sheer fun of it. So often we think that God calls us to start parades — and that can seem like an awful lot of work — organizing a parade. But, we don’t have to start them — sometimes all we have to do is get off the porch!
Is there a parade that God is inviting you to join? Are you still sitting on your porch?