I’m a traveler. Me, my wife, and daughter love to travel around the country in our RV. This can make it difficult to find community though. Most of the encounters we have with others on the road, even as authentic as they may be, are short lived–at least until we meet up again next time. We spent the last winter in Mesa, Arizona where the weather was very mild, outdoor activities were plentiful, and there were plenty of churches.
But, we don’t just want to attend a church as a visitor. Talk about annoying. It goes something like this…
“Welcome to our church! We are so glad to have you here! Are you new to the area?”
No. We are just visiting.
Then, with much less enthusiasm since we are no longer a prospective member…”Oh, well enjoy your visit…and be sure and drop a twenty in the pot”.
Of course that’s a dramatized exaggeration, but you get the picture.
So, instead of trying to visit “churches” we have decided to be the church wherever our travels happen to take us. We are learning to love those people that God puts in our path. We don’t tithe to a church anymore but we still make ourselves available to give. For exampled, one of our friends was trying to win a special bicycle for their quadriplegic friends’ 8 yr old daughter. We voted for here but she didn’t win. So we bought her the $1500 bicycle anyway. I don’t say this to brag but to point out that giving does not have to be compulsive and regimented. It should flow…like God’s Spirit does from person to person, not stopped up.
Like when a fellow traveler needs repairs in Mesa Arizona and we are able to pitch in and help get a bill paid to Mesa Mobile RV Service. If I am tapped out because all of my giving goes to a local church then I might not be able to pay their bill for them.
So, love those whom God puts in your life. That’s being the church.