This quote from Andy Stanley is probably one of the stickiest sentences I have heard in a while. By ‘sticky’ I mean it has stayed with me and freed me up to my approach to ‘stuff’ (life, ministry, etc.). Stop and think about it for a second: “Do for one what you wish you could do for all.” Seriously, think. It’s profound and liberating.
Why mention it here, today?
Due to the incredible job by FBCers Sunday, yesterday I was able to write nearly 50 hand written or e-mail notes to guests who came for Easter.
But how in the world do any of them get a ‘personal’ follow up? How can we help them ‘win’ with a stronger, deeper life-changing relationship with the Lord?
Have someone else also write notes, too? Check.
Have some others make some calls? Check.
Get info. in the hands of some Sunday School teachers? Check.
But still. Is there anything else ALL of us could do? Check.
Do for one what we wish we could do for all.
It would be great to make a personal, ‘get-to-know-you-better’ contact with each one. But that is impossible. I can’t do that. You can’t either. But you can do it for one. All of us can.
Here’s my challenge for the week, FBC: Do for one guest who came Sunday what you wish you could do for all of ’em.
Know someone who came? Call them. Have them over. Re-invite them. Ask them how their experience was. Ask them if they have questions. Ask them if they thought Brian was as weird as we do. Ask them if there’s anything going on you can pray about.
Sunday School teachers – know several guests who came to your class? Do for one what you wish you could do for all.
Meet someone new in your pew (that rhymes by the way)? Track ’em down. Seriously – you could be the catalyst God uses in their life to get them in the right direction.
Wanna see them come back before next Easter? Don’t get bogged down. Don’t experience paralysis by analysis.
Do for one what you wish you could do for all.