Confession...I hate colored Christmas lights.
This past Christmas we bought a new artificial tree. We bought a fancy tree that allowed you to switch back and forth between white lights and colored lights. I put the tree up and set it to white lights.
It seemed as if every time I walked into the room, the lights were set on color.
My kids clearly love the brightly colored, dancing lights. I fought back and changed them when they weren't looking until this thought struck me.
Why do my preferences matter more than what my kids enjoy?
But, isn't this how we as adults sometimes look at the church? We're the adults, the decision-makers. We have the power to implement our preferences at church.
Our vision statement at our church says, "We will sacrifice everything we can't keep to make a lasting impact on a generation we may not see."
Often when we hear and read the word "sacrifice" we relate the word to our finances or things we acquire. But, it's more than that. It's our time. It's our talent. It's our preferences.
I want to see the next generation connect to Jesus in a real, tangible way that makes life-long followers of them. They may not connect with Him the same way I connected with Him in my childhood. Life changes, environments change, technology changes. And the way we reach kids has to change.
Do colored Christmas lights change Christmas for me as an adult? No. But, right now they matter to my kids. They add brightness and fun to their Christmas. And, just like the color of lights shouldn't change the meaning of Christmas for me, the wall color of the church building or the crazy, loud event in the worship room shouldn't change the faith of an adult.
But, it could change a child.