An Unwelcome Guest

“What is that on your head? It is big!”

This is how Nancy greeted me when I entered the garage after completing my morning walk with Freckles and Duke. She had ridden her bicycle and made it back before we did. I had altered our route a bit to avoid a dog and arrived safe and sound and ready for breakfast. I would feed the dogs and then myself.

But first, I needed to deal with whatever the big thing was on my head. Maybe a bloom had fallen from a tree. Hopefully, I had not walked under a bird or attracted a horsefly. I reached up and brushed across my forehead. She was right. Something was big, and it fell to the garage floor a few feet away. Nancy didn’t see it, but I did. I shuddered when I bent to examine it more closely. It was a slug!

That’s right. I was wearing a slug on my head. How did it happen? How long had it been there? Did it clean my skin like a snail scrubs the side of an aquarium? Would the slime come off with a single washing, or would I finally be forced to shampoo, rinse, and repeat? Why didn’t I take a selfie to include with this article?

Nancy, with the assistance of a tissue, picked the slug up and threw it into the trash can, which we later transported to the dumpster. We got rid of the slug as quickly as he arrived. He was not welcome on my head, and we let him know by the way we treated him (or maybe it was a her). He just showed up out of nowhere, and we made sure he didn’t stay.

Some churches do the same with those guests who show up unannounced. Oh, they don’t take them to the dumpster, but they make sure they never come back. This takes place when they refuse to speak, refuse to smile, and refuse to scoot over. People know when they are not welcome. Let’s make every guest who attends First Baptist Church feel welcome. Smile! Speak! Scoot over! We only have one opportunity to make a good first impression.

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers.”

 Hebrews 13:2,

  Earl


FBC Happenings

  • Sunday Sermon – “Wisdom From Above” James 3:13-18
  • LifeGroup Attendance on July 21 – 627
  • Membership Matters Class, this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the Parlor
  • Summer Wrap-Up Service, this Sunday at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary DR Mission Trip – CrossTimbers – Falls Creek
  • GEAR UP – August 11, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center
  • Crowder Lake Baptism – August 25 – 6:00 p.m.

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