Losing Our Label
What is your community known for where you live? Have you thought about that lately? Every large and small city or town has some sort of identity from their history. Even a state or region or country has labels which address distinct characteristics. Maybe you live on the West Coast or in the North East where technology is supreme? Others live in the Midwest where winter weather can be extreme. We are all known for something.
Growing up in rural Kentucky, we were known for farming, factory workers, and front porches. I am old enough to remember life before air conditioning. Funeral homes gave away card board fans for people to fan themselves to stay cool. Rural families sat on front porches after supper waiting for the house to cool down from the summer heat before bedtime. Many farm houses were built down in a valley or near a creek.
This location wasn’t just an arbitrary decision but usually had a more strategic purpose. The temperatures at night would be cooler along these low spots of land, near creeks and streams. Another distinction about country homes many were surrounded by shade trees to help cool the house down a little quicker. If you’ve ever lived out West in a ranch, home shade trees were vital in protecting you from the blazing heat of the sun all day.
Growing up in a farm house, all our bedrooms were upstairs. Our bedrooms were always hot in Kentucky summer humidity. A big window fan ran all night at the end of the upstairs hallway. Our bedroom windows had screens which stayed propped up with a stick of some kind. A little breeze at night was like heaven.
The world has changed a lot since I was kid. Modern house plans today are no longer as concerned with cooling/heating things inside. We can build homes anywhere and cool them and heat them with modern heating and cooling systems. Front porches are no longer needed where we sit outside before bed. Porches today are more for aesthetic beauty than a practical need for escaping summer heat.
Fewer “mom and pop” family farms exist in America. Small family farms are no longer profitable. Bigger farms/ranches have replaced them; cash crops have changed. Kentucky has lost the label as primarily a rural, farming community of families. Things will always change.
This weekend we wrap up the current series, You Fit Here. We’ve looked once again into the playbook of the Church that Jesus and His disciples planted, organized, grew, and developed in the Bible. A lot has changed since then in the Church also. The early Church in the Bible became known for their acts of kindness, caring, and serving other people. Especially the overlooked and under-served people of their community.
Join us this weekend at Journey and invite a guest. Meet them at the front door and sit with them. Talk with them about our Journey label as a modern Church for the community. Explain we desire to love people everywhere like the ancient Church and Jesus; loving, caring, serving, coaching, mentoring, and discipling people with extreme love.
Hey, let them know our building is nice and cool. They won’t need a cardboard fan from the funeral home. See you at Journey weekend in one of our two services, Saturday @ 6pm or Sunday @10:30am. Remember, bring a guest and give them a guided tour.