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 http://www.karnschurch.org