A couple of days ago, I was thinking about lessons from the Kingdom series and Dr. Seuss popped into my mind. This is not meant to be at all derogatory to Cal – or Dr. Seuss.
I believe that Dr. Seuss had some very Kingdom-like messages, intentional or not, in his books. In Horton Hears a Who, the elephant, Horton, repeatedly states, “I meant what I said and said what I meant.” (Truly, one of the hardest things for a parent to stick to!) In my favorite Dr. Seuss book of all, What Was I Scared of?, the main character realizes that he shouldn’t have ever been afraid of the pale green pants with no one inside.
Both of these strike me as (simplified) Kingdom messages and ones that I should continually put into practice. You may say it differently – I try to walk the walk. Or, I try to live by the Golden Rule. And these mottos are not normally too difficult to follow so long as we are able to stick within the confines of our regular, safe, insular, familiar lives.
Christmas is rapidly coming, though, with lots of challenges, big and little, to our normal routines and daily lives. Central has been gearing up for our annual Adopt-a-Family program and now the trees are up and the tables with the sign-up sheets are in the lobbies. And so the challenge begins to get out of our comfort zone and sacrifice for a family in need. Buying gifts for people who need a little help isn’t hard and can actually be quite fun. It’s the meet-and-greet part of the adoption, when I actually interact with the family I’ve adopted, that can take me out of my comfort zone.
But that’s what sets Central’s Adopt-A-Family apart from all the other Christmas opportunities out there to support. Most Christmas outreach programs make it easy to be generous. It’s easy to drop off a toy or a turkey into a bin. It’s not much of a challenge to take a tag from the tree at the mall and return an hour later with a couple of presents. It’s a bit more challenging, though, when you’re supposed to place your gift directly in the hands of the person who needs it. That’s the exciting opportunity we have through Adopt a Family; to represent our King and support another family by truly caring for them and getting to know them while blessing them.
So, back to Dr. Seuss: “I meant what I said and said what I meant.” Well, I say I am a citizen of The Kingdom and that I will trust and follow my King. “What was I scared of?” Well, I say that I will love my neighbors and care about them. This is our chance to live out what we say and truly follow our King!
Let’s embrace this opportunity to get out of our comfort zone and care for another family this Christmas season because according to Dr. Seuss, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”