A reporter asked a paramedic, “What was your most unusual 911 call?”
The paramedic replied, “Recently we got a call from that big white church downtown. A frantic usher was concerned that during the sermon an elderly man passed out in a pew and appeared to be dead. The usher could find no pulse and there was no noticeable breathing.”
“What was so unusual about that particular call?” the reporter asked.
“Well,” the paramedic said, “we carried out four guys before we found the one who was actually dead.”
Could that paramedic have been visiting your church? Could they have even taken you out? If we’re going to take the time to go to church we might as well make the best use of that time by actively participating. Take notes. Give you pastor a smile, a nod or an occasional “amen” as he’s preaching. That doesn’t take any more time than being a passive listener but does give you a great way to redeem the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.