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Fried Chicken & Lemon Meringue Pie

April 19, 2013

We all have a place where we feel at home, a place where we not only feel welcomed, but feel valued. For example, my wife and I love a restaurant in Abilene called Belle’s Chicken House. Anyone who knows us has heard us talk about it without end. It is not just because they have good food and service. They make you feel valued. They know you by name. You can tell it is not about your money, they care about the people who walk through the door like they are family. In other words, they value each person who walks through the door.

So, as this is a Friday for those who are searching for a church, you may ask what this has to do with our topic. Christine Pohl makes the connection for me. She says, “Often, the best gift we can give another person is our time and attention. Human beings need a place in which they and their contributions are valued, and a hospitable community finds ways to value the gifts people bring.”[1] Have you felt valued in the churches where you have visited so far?

Many of us have ideas of the church we want to be a part of. We may want old hymns or modern worship music. Maybe it has more to do with wearing blue jeans or suits. Regardless of these things, a church who values you will make you feel at home despite your attire or the music they play. Maybe you like having your kids attend church with you – it is critical for you. Do they welcome that and value your children joining you in the services? Do they welcome your questions and concerns? In other words, do you feel like a number or a valued person when you leave the church?

Jesus took time to value people. When you take a look at His three-year ministry, it was about meeting people where they are at. He valued them enough to meet them there and not ask them to clean up before they came to Him. A church should be the same way. You should feel valued just the way you are. So, have you felt valued yet? If not, let them know you do not feel valued before leaving. Look for someone who values you and you will be able to value them. Continue to search and grow!

On a final side note, if you ever pass through Abilene and want to try Belle’s, please stop in and enjoy them. The best fried chicken and lemon meringue pie in Texas! You can find out more about them on their Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Belles-Chicken-Dinner-House/143585272323121).


[1] Christine D. Pohl. Living into Community. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2012. 170

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  1. David Stephens permalink

    Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth
    Would care to know my name
    Would care to feel my hurt
    Who am I, that the Bright and Morning Star
    Would choose to light the way
    Truly if the Lord of all the earth values us that much, truly we can do no less with others. As you have so well discussed before, once we show others that we truly value them….then and only then do they become receptive to the good news we so want to share with them. Good Stuff.

    • David,

      Thank you for your response! Over the past week evil has tried to devalue people. Instead, it has worked the tarnish off our human value and it is shining again.

      Glen

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