The Blog that Builds Up
May 30, 2011
This past Sunday, I conducted an experiment.
I thought to myself, "What would my week look like if I started it off by encouraging other people? Not to get something in return but simply to lift them up?" So through the social media connector known as Twitter, I created a hashtag (twitter talk for starting a trending topic) with the words "*ShoutoutSundays" behind it. I then would write a kind note about someone and what they had done for me or someone else (take care of the kids of APC, lead worship at Resonate, show kindness to a stranger, etc.) with the words #shoutoutsundays behind it.
I did this to let them know someone cared about their actions and appreciated who they are and what they do. I did this because being the church means noticing the others IN the church and building them up in the most holy faith. I did this because I need to spend more time on others than on myself.
And you know what? I've never had more fun!
My eyes were open to gifts and talents in others I'd never seen before. My heart was bursting with joy at seeing friends attempt new ventures in God. My mind was thinking of ways to put in words how awesome they were! I spent so much time on OTHERS that worrying about ME never came up. It was about lifting THEM up. It even translated to Resonate as 30+ students spent a great portion of the night building one another up! It was awesome!
As the day turned to night, my twitter feed and email inbox was filled with encouraging words to me, words that spoke directly to where I am in my life. I was able to put my head to the pillow knowing I was cared for, loved, prayed for and supported as the rigorous work week began. And I don't have to tell you what a good feeling that is!
I really believe that as the church, if we're focusing on others and on how we can lift them up, in turn, God will send someone our way to lift us up in return! So next week, on your way to church, at APC or wherever, why not BE the CHURCH and start your morning with some shout outs? You won't regret it!
*Note:In hip hop terms, a "shout out" is verbal recognition of a cool thing someone has done (if you need an example, see any award show...)
About the Author
Pastor Chris Chase
Pastor Chris is a husband and father of two who enjoys reading, writing, dreaming, sports and laughing with friends. His vision is to create an environment for children, students and families to grow in love and devotion to the God of the Universe through creativity, honesty and unity. He currently serves as Assistant Pastor that leads the Student Ministries team, Pastoral overseer of our CreativeAPC team, leads Resonate (post-high students 18 to 24) and occasionally leads worship at our weekend services.
Pastor Chris has been on the APC team since 2005. His hometown is Pierrefonds, Québec.
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