Let’s start today with a universal truth: Comcast is not one of God’s finer creations, if it is from Him at all! I moved into a new town-home three weeks ago and I JUST got cable and internet yesterday. I know that seems like a first world problem (and it is), but one can only work and do homework from a coffee shop for so long. I can’t even tell you how many technician visits (yes, I can – 5), hours spent on the phone (well, over fifteen) and visits to the Comcast store (two) I have had in the last few weeks. I’d also like to say that I was a fine representative of Jesus in each of these encounters, but I’m not entirely sure that’s the truth.
I know, I know, what does Comcast have to do with a GodSTOP? Let me give you some background. I am on staff at a church here in Savannah. As part of my job, I lead a team of musicians. I’ve been investing in a young leader in whom I see tremendous potential. I’ve been wanting some new tools to develop his leadership even further, but I’m not a musician so my input is, by definition, limited. I asked God to guide me in leading this young man. He guided me to reach out to a young leader in another church whom I know from a student event on which we worked together. I called this other guy, told him about the leader in whom I had been investing, and asked if he would be interested in mentoring him. Not only did he agree, but he told me that he had been praying for God to put other young men in his life on whom he could be a positive influence. We had a great conversation about how churches should be working together like this more – that we are all on the same team, and a leader for God’s kingdom is worth developing, no matter which church staff he is on!
Shortly after arranging this mentoring relationship, I got a call from a guy who is on staff at yet another church. This church is trying to revitalize some of their adult services and he asked if I would be willing to sit down with him and tell him a little bit about what we do at my church. I happily agreed – I LOVE what we do and I am always happy to help church leaders lead more people to Jesus. We met for about an hour and it was such an encouraging experience to reach outside my own team to help another. I think it may have been more help to me than it was to my new friend – I sat back down at my desk after our meeting and I was flooded with a wave of creativity that led to some new ideas I plan to implement soon.
Fast forward to yesterday. I FINALLY got someone out at my house from Comcast who figured out a solution to my cable and internet problems. He spent four hours troubleshooting and implementing a (very!) creative solution involving a 100ft. screaming orange cable that now lays across my street and driveway. Not pretty, but hey, it works. After spending so much time with my new Comcast friend, I learned that not only did he work for Comcast, but he is also a pastor trying to grow his church. I’ve been praying for him ever since.
It is such a beautiful thing when God’s people work together – no matter if we work for different churches. After all, we are all on the same team, and God uses each of us and our respective ministries in different ways. I have to think that God has a sense of humor, and that he rewarded my faithfulness in reaching out to others by sending me a Jesus-loving Comcast man to fix my cable!! Now THAT’S a GodSTOP!