Written by: Ed Grable, Life Group Director
Last week someone stopped by my office and asked how people can connect here at Gateway Church. I gave my speech on serving, giving, and Life Groups and sent them on their way. Then I listened to a podcast by David Platt. His message was powerful and inspired this post. I now have one more answer to the connection question here at Gateway Church, be it during one of our Sunday morning services or any of our other ministry opportunities. Simply put, you have a choice. That choice is whether you are a participant or an observer. If you are honest with yourself, you know which one you are. Do you actively worship, listen, take notes, and interact with others on Sunday mornings or during your Life Group gathering? Or do you just sit there and watch the world move around you, hoping someone will approach and connect with you? Or do you sit there just wanting it to all happen by osmosis?
This idea translates to every aspect of our lives. Are you actively participating in your marriage, kids' lives, or other relationships? How active are you in the workplace or your community? What about the most important relationship of all, the one with God? Do you take the time to connect to him by studying his Word? Are you praying to him, thanking him for all he has done for you, or asking for his help or guidance? How about enjoying the beauty of his creation? We must be intentional if we genuinely desire to be connected to anyone or anything, including a faith family like the one here at Gateway Church. Just like deciding if you will be an active participant or an observer, connecting is a choice. If you choose to be an observer, we will get you plugged in when you are ready. Until then, know we love you and are glad you are here!