My son Josiah and I had a “guy’s night out” last Friday – which of course meant pizza and arcade games. Our local pizza joint has exactly two (2) working arcade games – small town, you know – but it was still fun.
Usually I give Joey just a few quarters (I’m pretty cheap), but since I took his sister on a relatively expensive date last week (Olive Garden and a movie) I let him have a lot more quarters – and he had a blast.
There was another little boy there enjoying the games too. Most of the time this kid was “playing” a shoot-em-up game without putting any quarters in. And although he eventually got his hands on a few coins, he very quickly blew through them.
The funny thing was that I think he liked pretending to play the game just as much as he did actually playing it.
So that was Friday. Now the weekend is over, and I bet that many of us went to church and forgot to bring any quarters. Here’s what I mean: a lot of us are content with watching the action from a distance – not really investing anything in our churches. Being spectators, not participants.
But worship isn’t something we watch someone else do. Prayer isn’t something we leave to the professionals. God’s Word isn’t just for scholars to study.
I know that nobody likes to be scolded, and I really hope that’s not what this sounds like. I just think we miss out on so much when go to church and just … skim the surface.
What do you think?