Lessons from a family reunion
I just returned from the Tindle family’s reunion. We meet at a “resort” in Tennessee near my parents’ home. All my siblings travel hundreds of miles and spend hundreds of dollars to come together for this unique experience. Why? I think there are several key reasons…and I also think those reasons are very similar to the foundations of what a church is and does. After all, the church is a family, right?
So for the next few weeks, I’d like to offer some observations from the world of family reunions that may help us be better equipped for doing church as a family. And consequently, we’ll be better equipped for doing life in every aspect.
Observation #1: Family reunions remind us of what we have in common.
Yes, my siblings and I all have common parents, and common history. But in one telling moment, one of my sisters noticed a group of spider veins on my ankle and said, “Hey, that looks familiar!” She then proceeded to prove that this was a unique family “heritage.” (I’ll spare you the picture.) In this, and other areas, we’re reminded at our reunions that we have common ailments…common places where we’re not “perfect.” If one of us has a medical concern, chances are the others do, too. (In another post I’ll offer how we learn to help one another in our common struggles.)
In the church, we often forget what we have in common. Part of the value for the church family to gather together is to be reminded of what we have in common. Yes, we have God as our Father. But it’s easy to look around and think, “No one else understands…they don’t have the kind of struggles, problems, dreams, etc. that I do.” Nothing could be further from the truth. And connecting honestly with other family members reminds us that we have this in common. We don’t walk alone. Look past the skin color, the zip code, the marital status, and the birthdate, and you’ll discover that we have an awful lot in common when it comes to the things that really matter in life.
So when you plan your weekend, think about our weekend gatherings as family reunions. It’s a place to go and be reminded of what we have in common. And that belief will change how you see yourself, your problems, and your ability to make a difference in this world.
See you at the reunion!