Tuesday Re-mix –
My Dad had a kind of a rule when we went on vacation. Well, maybe it was just a strong preference or philosophy. Sometimes those things all can sound the same with Dad. 🙂 Dad felt strongly that, when taking pictures on vacation, there should be a person in every one of them. In other words, a vacation picture without a person in it is just a waste of film. So, anytime we saw something noteworthy or cool and wanted to take a picture of it, Dad wanted someone (ANYONE) to go and stand by the thing for the picture. I followed that philosophy most of the time, but am just going to confess now that, as I have grown a little older, I have often broken that rule and have taken some pictures of some pretty amazing scenery…without any people in them.
But perhaps that preference says more about Dad and what is important to him than it does about his taste for photography. You see, Dad is a pastor. Irrespective of his various titles and positions in ministry, in his heart he has always been a pastor. To him, people are important. In fact, they are the most important thing.
I would like to think I have learned that preference from him, especially where the church is concerned. It is all about the people.
I think it is easy to make it about other things…the buildings, the budget, the music, the parking, the numbers, the location, the constitution & by-laws, the committees, the votes, the worship planning, the strategic planning, the reports, the offices, the retreats, the concerts, and I could go on and on. You get the picture. But even as important as most of those things are, they are never more important than the people. In fact, the only reason any of those things even exist is for the people. That is, after all, what the church is…just people.
I know it sounds elementary. Church is about the people. But it bears reminding once in a while. And it is a lesson I learned from my Dad. And for that lesson, I am grateful.
Don’t get me wrong. I am still going to take pictures of breathtaking scenery on vacation, even without people in them. But I will never forget what is important. I promise.