“But that’s the way we’ve always done it…”
That phrase makes me nauseated.
Allow me to translate the phrase “But that’s the way we’ve always done it”
Choose any of the following…
- “I’m too scared to do anything different.”
- “I don’t know how to do anything different.”
- I’m too lazy to do anything different.”
- “What worked yesterday will probably work tomorrow, so why bother doing it differently?”
- “I am complacent with how things are.”
- “I’ve worked my ministry into a perfect cycle of maintenance and predictability, requiring zero thought or effort on my part and that’s the way I like it.”
Some people see things as “It is what it is.” Others see things as “It isn’t what it should (could) be.”
I am a “It isn’t what it could be” kind of thinker. It isn’t what it could be, because it could be…
If you are in ministry, is it your hope to be less effective? Reach fewer people? I don’t think anyone starts the day hoping and thinking these things. I do think that over time, people slowly surrender their fire and zeal to the affects of fatigue, criticism, and complacency.
Psalm 139 tells us that we are “Fearfully and wonderfully made”. No two of us are alike. Your ministry should be as unique as you are. Sure, apply best practices and things that you learn at conferences and read in blogs, but make it your own. Apply them with your own special gifts and style.
There’s an overused word for you… Awesome. I use it often.
When is the last time you went to a catholic event and used that word in sincerity. “That (speaker, musician, conference, mass) was awesome”
Yep. I went there. I called out the mass. You gotta hang in there with me until the end now. Otherwise, you’ll see me as a blasphemer.
You see, the last mass you went to IS awesome. The daily mass at your church today IS awesome, and so is the weekend mass.
Jesus is there. Truly present. In body and blood, soul and divinity. In Eucharist. In His Word. God the Father is there. The Holy Spirit is there. The communion of Saints are there. The Hosts of Heaven are there. Every mass. Every time. Every hour of every day, there’s a mass going on somewhere on earth, and always in heaven.
That. Makes. Mass. AWESOME.
So here’s my question for you today…
If a non believer (un-churched/un-catechized/never heard of Jesus person) walked into mass at your church today, would they, through the actions and works of the people present, believe and understand that there’s truly something AWESOME taking place there? Would they, by the works and actions of the people present, believe and understand that someone AWESOME is there?
And now my challenge for you today…
If you answered “No” to the question I posed to you… Do something this week to move your ministry towards awesome. Do something that will impact the lives of the people coming to mass this weekend. Do something that will imprint on their mind that what is happening at your church is awesome. Not that you are awesome, or that the building is awesome, or that the people are awesome…but that He is awesome.