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Published 4:26pm Wednesday, May 1, 2013

By Rev. Jonathan Yarboro
Greetings from the corner of Bridge and Bridge! I am blessed to have special background music for the writing of this week’s column. The children of First Baptist’s CDC are out playing on the playground just across the street from my office. There are few things more inspiring than the sounds of children playing on a playground.
There is a miracle happening in Wetumpka as I write. It is happening in the very church facility where my office is located. This miracle seldom happens in the church or even the community. This miracle bears faithful witness to being proactive.
The heating and air conditioning for the west wing of the church is being updated. The system being phased out is original to the building, which was built in the mid 1950s. The window units will be removed. First Presbyterian will now have central air upstairs and down.
You are probably thinking that my definition of miracle must be lacking. I identify the work taking place at the church as miraculous somewhat tongue in cheek, but I mean what I say. It is a miracle that our church, or any church for that matter, would replace something that was not broken.
There are numerous reasons for this. Church members never intend to ignore their respective church facilities. No church member would willingly allow the general, physical condition of the church they attend to falter. It just happens. No one wants to spend God’s money on repairs and maintenance.
Leaders in any church are charged with being good stewards of the resources of the church. We don’t like to spend God’s money on ourselves, and this is actually a good thing. Most churches get excited about spending and investing in mission, education, and worship. Few congregations get excited about upgrading HVAC service.
I thought about this as the old units were disconnected and hauled off. Sure they were dinosaurs, but all of them still worked most of the time. The decision to replace them was easy one to make. An anonymous donor designated a gift to pay for the upgrade. All the elders had to do was decide to either accept or decline the gift. The details were already taken care of.
If we had waited until part of the system failed permanently, it would have taken considerable time and energy to put together a proposal for upgrading the system and paying for it. This process would have involved several meetings and a fair amount of time invested. Instead, someone saw the need, contacted a reputable professional for an estimate and offered to pay the bill.
This column is not a secret way of thanking our anonymous donor. We are extremely grateful for the generosity shown to us through this gift, but there is much more at work here. I am thankful the generosity and thoughtfulness of one person is making it possible for the elders of our church to focus their time, energy and resources on our mission, education, and worship.
Waiting until things break to fix them often results in crisis mentality. There are times when crisis mentality is unavoidable and actually helpful. There are other times when it is not.
Are there things in your daily experience in need of an upgrade? What re­sources do you have to offer as a proactive solution? What more significant issues need more time and energy? What miracles can you help make real in order for larger ones to take place? Think about it.

The Rev. Jonathan Yarboro is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Wetumpka.

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