Mar 29, 2013

The Big Surprise

Most of us think we are pretty good at predicting the outcomes of events in life. For example, political polls indicate the relative strength of particular candidates if an election were held today, plus or minus a margin of error. For another example, in some school systems guidance counselors are given the task of funneling students into programs which will help them be either academically or vocationally successful in “the real world.” These predictions are based on indicators from tests measuring the student interests and inclinations. When candidates are selected for college or university or when applicants are chosen for a job, interviews and letters of recommendation are all used to make judgments about the likelihood for success in a particular school or job. These are all ways of predicting. Most of us feel confident in our predictions and that is why we continue to use various measures in making decisions predicting success or failure of certain individuals in certain settings. But, sometimes we are surprised!

I was in a church several decades ago in Ft. Worth that had been relocated about three or four years previously. When the church rebuilt, the Central Texas Annual Conference urged them to build a church that was considerably larger than their sixty to sixty-five person attendance on Sunday morning warranted. They expected that the church would always be about the same size as it had always been and resented the Conference making them build a larger facility.

Then a young pastor came to their church and within two years they had nearly 200 persons for worship. Needless to say, they were really crowded. They brought in chairs for each worship service. Today this church resents the Conference suggesting they build such a moderate sanctuary. They have been surprised by the new life in their newly reconstituted church.

Come on Easter Sunday morning and hear about the biggest surprise yet!





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