Monday Musings – 11/16/09
Car Wash and Pet Wash…
One of the perks of travel is the opportunity to see things that are out of the ordinary. On a recent trip, I was walking from my hotel to a Tim Horton’s (not out of the ordinary) and I came across a car wash with a twist. The sign on the building said “Car Wash” and underneath in smaller letters – “Pet Wash”. There were several stalls available to wash your car, but there was also a designated room that was fully equipped with a wash basin, state of the art hoses, and even a “Dog Wash” vending machine.
I am sure it is not the only one of its kind, but it is the first one I have ever seen. Then I got thinking of the creativity of the one who thought up such an idea. I have no way of knowing its success. There was no one using it at the time, but come to think of nor was anyone washing their car. After all it was about 6:15 in the morning.
Relate this to a business or to the church. So often, we try to copy someone else’s success. Maybe if we try what the church across the city is doing or travel to another part of the world and bring an idea home, we too can be successful. Let me encourage you to be an original, not a photocopy.
I remember a time as youth pastor when a youth group across the city was having huge success with a particular style of youth ministry. In an attempt to grow our youth group, we copied the same style and simply changed the name. It worked – for a few months – but then it fizzled. Why? Because I tried to copy what someone else was doing in an effort to have instant success. You can copy a program but you can’t copy passion and creativity – they must originate in your own heart.
Last night, in one of our regional RTC seminars, someone asked the question, if you took all of the churches out of your community, would your community miss the church the next day? My answer, probably not if we are simply photocopies, but more than likely yes if we are doing something original.
Until next Monday…