I spend so much time wrapped up in a to-do list that isn't so much an actual list as it is a conjumbled mess in my head. Sorry, I'm just not that organized, not that I don't try to be. I can't tell you how many calendars I have that started out filled to the brim and fizzled out over the next couple weeks. I'm one of those people that would do awesome with a personal assistant, but since that is in no way reality, I just have to deal.
Anyways, not my point. I spend all this time thinking about the mundane tasks of life that I forget to dream. Bring part of the new church plant, I've done nothing but. It's been amazing to sit around and brainstorm to no end. There is no box, no definitions, no constraints (at least not yet). We're just dreaming, and I hope we never stop. I hope the walls don't close in confining us to certain molds. There really should be no end to possibility.
Brainstorming with TJ about what the church building should look like, or function as, got be thinking about this whole playgroup idea is different light. In a way, I feel free to pursue. What? I don't know, but I'm excited to find out. I'm normally the down to earth type of gal. My BFF, Jo, would say that she spends most of her time in the clouds and I'm holding on to her foot attempting to pull her back to reality. She's the dreamer, and I'm the realist. But recently, in the fog that is my life right now, I get to dream. I get to say "why not?" I get to ask questions without fear of rejection. I get to explore the very talents and gifts that God has given me. And had Grace decided a different way, had I been able to stay with camp and go with new church, I may not have been able to experience this freedom. I may not have been able to commit as much of myself to the movement that is Fusion.
That being said, I'm praying today for a building, and not so much a church building. My friend Aaron was talking about the possibility of turning the old music store in downtown Catonsville into a place where the community comes to together (and we happen to use once a week to worship). I know that the elder team has been looking at office space in Elkridge, but why not in the middle of a city center? There certainly is a bunch of space in downtown Catonsville. What about a coffee shop/play area? Do you know how crazy busy that place would be on any given day? I don't know, maybe I'm the only mom who would love to have a place to hang out with my friends and watch my kids play safely. That would be awesome. And what if this same place, had a multi purpose room that the community could use...a mom's day out, an after school program, a place for groups to meet on the cheap, a swap n play (to be explained later). The sky isn't even the limit, because there is no limit to possibility. Yea, I'm praying for a place that people don't even know is a church, except by the people they meet there. That is the community I dream of, the family I want to be a part of, the Jesus I want my kids to know, the legacy I choose to leave.
Even if you're not part of the church plant, I dare you to dream with me. What would you do if you could design a "church" building? What would you use it for? What would it look like? Where would it be? I double dog dare you.
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