Today, as people were coming to church, the flood gates opened. It was a torrential down pour. In North Carolina, where I'm from, we would call it, "a toad strangler."
Quite a few folks just couldn't make it to church. Some streets were literally closed by police. However, for the one's that did make it to the parking lot, now the goal becomes getting into the church, without looking like they just came out of the Jordan river in their Sunday best.
So the church's porte-cochère was in full use, as people dropped off their families, then parked the car. Some had brought umbrellas, some not.
I stationed myself with a few others, opening car doors, helping with young kids, handing out "loaner" umbrella's. All while the rain is pouring down. The pace was frenetic, with a long line of cars, but everyone was cheerful and happy to help each other.
As I reflect on what was a great day, (apart from the Texans having a tough night)
I really enjoyed most the time spent helping folks get into the church as dry as possible.
I was reminded of this quote, "The only really happy people are those who have learned how to serve.”
― Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here for?
Rick had it so right, the more other focused I am, the happier I become. Perhaps a little ironically, as I ran in from the car line to do the Sunday "welcome," Brian was leading the song "Happy Day."
When we serve Christ and others, it really is, a happy day!
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. ’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. ’