Living the crazy life that God has given me!

Look in the parking lot?

So this weekend I had someone invite me to come and see a car that was in our parking lot.  We walked out the front door and the person pointed out the car in the parking lot. My first thought was ok nice car but that is not the make or model that I get all fired up about, I let them know that I am a mustang kind of guy.  But then the person drew my attention to the license plate that was on the car.  There I saw what had got the attention of the individual.

Car in the lot

This is the actual license plate that was on the car. This is not fabricated or changed in any way to make this an interesting picture.  For those of you that don’t know we are a church that is in the great state of Colorado where I am a native.  A place where it is currently to legally purchase marijuana.  Now I don’t intend for this to be a place where we argue about what should be or not be legal.  We live in a state where it is legal and I have to live in that reality as a leader.  So the person that pointed out the license plate then asked me this question, “What should we do about this?”

My answer to this question was simple, “Make sure they have a great parking spot and they have a good time.” With that answer I saw a look of confusion for a minute.  But then I went on to explain what I meant.  My answer and my prayer was that this person felt comfortable enough to come and be a  part of our church so I wanted us to live out, “It’s ok to not be ok, but God doesn’t want you to stay that way.” I wanted the person that came in this car to understand that they can come here and be cared for and encouraged in their faith journey.  Then I wanted the person to know that pointed out the license plate that God is going to be the one that is going to change a life.  So we should be excited that this person was with us and hearing about the radical grace of Jesus.

We were not going to run them off because of their license plate because just down the row was another car that I knew the owner was dealing with porn, I knew that there was another car on the next row where the owner was dealing with mental illness, and I knew that there was another car on the other end of the lot that was in legal trouble.  The only thing different about this car was that their license plate was letting us know what was going on in their life.  So we were going to simply pray for this person, pray that Jesus was going to impress upon their heart about a relationship with Him, pray that this person would experience life change because of who he is and not because we pointed out their license plate.  So my encouragement to you is to look in the parking lot, look and see not the license plates but who are the people that are there to be cared for and reached with the radical grace of Jesus?  Who knows maybe you need to start with your car.









2 responses

  1. Corie Marosy

    Thank you thank you thank you. Great blog. Your blog stands behind its okay to not be okay. But I love how you always say but the key is to not stay that way 🙂 I have been coming since November and your words every Sunday have made and will continue to make a great impact on mine and my families lives. Thankyou again and I know he will God Bless:)

    March 9, 2016 at 4:55 AM

  2. Carol Montoya

    Scott, this is Carol M. and the Legal Hi plate on the ‘vette is the same plate we’ve had for about 15 years or more. It’s been on several vehicles we have owned but I believe the first was on a FWD van we owned a while back. While the plate is up to interpretation we thought with the mountains on a FWD it certainly represented Colorado. On an honest note we did snicker that it passed thru. Ron doesn’t smoke any pot and I am a very casual user, much like the person who may have a beer after a rough day. (I haven’t had a drink in many years) I have to admit it did tickle my funny bone and Ron and I LOVED your response! Rest assured we are not dealers (lol) nor does it present an addictive problem at all. This is one of many reasons I love my church. Thanks for the laugh! I can’t believe I hadn’t seen this before. It is almost a year old! God love you and thanks for being the person you are!

    February 1, 2017 at 5:55 PM

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