Come Sunday, you will notice a number of rather large changes have been made to the church. OK, half of them aren't particularly noticeable, but they're there. Over the past few days, the Building & Grounds Team has gone above and beyond the call of duty.
In an effort to make the church a safer place for everyone, all the locks have been changed, and getting keys will require a signature. This way we can keep track of who has access to our church building and offices. Speaking of offices, our crack carpentry team (Roy and Kelly) have replaced panels in both my office door and the youth minister's office door with plexiglass. This will allow me and the future youth minister to carry on closed-door, private conversations as needed while maintaining accountability, avoiding even the appearance of evil. That's a win for everyone! And finally, even though it's not related to security, the carpet has been cleaned. (I didn't know it was that color!)
It may be February (a balmy one, but February nonetheless), but we've still done a bit of spring cleaning at RSCC. We all need to do that from time to time -- and not just in our homes, but in our souls. We can let the cares of the world bring us down and darken our lives. Sin can make us dirty inside. And longing for stuff -- for material possessions, fame, etc. -- can leave us cluttered. Jesus once asked, "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world yet forfeit his soul?" (Mark 8:36). The implied answer, of course, is "no good at all." All things that separate us from God must go; nothing should come between us and our Savior because nothing, none of the sin or the clutter, is worth our souls.
As the weather starts feeling warmer, do some spring cleaning. Hold on to nothing opposed to God. Let it go.