Saturday, June 28, 2014

Helping or Honking?

By Steve Higginbotham

     You’ve probably heard the story of the lady whose car broke down in the middle of a busy intersection. Of course, that would be a nightmare for any of us. But this lady kept her head and was doing her best to restart the car.
     However, after several unsuccessful attempts at restarting her car, the driver immediately behind her began to mercilessly honk his horn. His honking just escalated an already stressful situation.
     So, after enduring several moments of his incessant “honking,” this woman exited her car, walked back to the man in the car behind her and politely said, “Sir, I seem to be having trouble starting my car. If you would be so kinda as to help me get my car started, I would be more than happy to sit here and honk for you.” Well, needless to say, the honking stopped!
     Friends, how would you characterize yourself and your relationship to the church? Are you a “helper” or a “honker?” Sure, problems will arise from time to time. That’s just part of dealing with imperfect people. No church is without problems. But more than likely, where you see a problem or an inefficient program at church, you’ll also find godly men and women at wits end doing the very best they know how to fix the problem.
     Next time you see a problem at church, please don’t honk. It really doesn’t help, and usually frustrates those who are trying to fix the problem. Instead of “honking” why not lend a hand and help?

- Steve Higginbotham preaches for the Karns Church of Christ in Knoxville, TN. He may be contacted through the congregation's website at     

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