The Hardest Things to Do

Today, at the Women’s Breakfast, Nancy Reed congratulated all women on the International Women’s Day. Not too many people know about this special day. Because of Nancy, we all learned what the 8th of March is about: this day commemorates women’s equality and solidarity–the day that is well-known in Europe since 1900. In Russia, women do not work on this day, and men are expected to clean the house and cook at least one day a year.

In the same way as the majority of people in America never heard about the International Women’s Day, many people never heard about Christ and the freedom that each woman and man can find in Him because nobody told them. Neither too many people heard about Francis Street First United Methodist Church, where people can learn about Christ and find their faith. The Worship Service at Francis Street First is the celebration that is available every Sunday, not once a year. But it might be because the church is always there it nearly become invisible to the local community. Similarly to how people living near the ocean, don’t even think that it exists practically in the backyard: the ocean will not go anywhere, it was, and it is, and it will be always there.

Surprisingly, the hardest thing to do is to change that mindset. The only way to let people know God is to invite our friends and our family members to join us for worship. It seems so simple that we don’t even think about it, but this is the hardest thing to do. We don’t want to intrude into other people’s lives. Besides, our friends are also always there: if we don’t invite them this week, we still have another week, another month, and even another year.

The General Secretary of the Board of Discipleship Rev. Junius B. Dotson tells a story of an ordinary United Methodist woman Halley who invited her non-Christian colleague to her church. Naharaa accepted the invitation and did come to church, where she met new friends who love her and model Jesus for her by loving and welcoming Naharaa.

When we hear the stories about conversion, we expect something extraordinary, but this particular story does not speak of any sudden conversion but tells a real story of a woman who was invited to the church to find acceptance and support among Christians.

Let’s do the hardest part of the job; the rest is God’s work.

May the Grace of God be with you all,

Pastor Lydia 

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