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Here’s an Idea!

Posted: May 7, 2013 in Uncategorized
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We all have a bottle of water.

When we have a difficult conversation, we take a sip. When we have to make a decision, we take a sip. When there is a disagreement with someone, we have a good gulp of water.

…And by the end of the week, the bottle is empty.

So many people come to church on Sunday needing to get their bottles filled. The sermon from the preacher, the singing, the Bible readings, the prayers, and the good conversations with other Imagepeople all contribute to filling up the bottle.

We go out after church feeling envigorated, empowered, strengthened. We’re ready for the week to come.

…Or maybe we don’t have that experience. What we get on Sunday doesn’t seem to do it for us. The preacher is boring, the songs are lacking in inspiration, and the people we meet seem to be more interested in themselves than in me. So we give church a miss next time.

Clearly we need to do more to make sure that church can really fill people’s bottles. Worship should be a time when we are brought into the presence of God and experience his grace in all that happens. And we need to do all we can to make sure that happens.

But rather than becoming spiritual consumers whose only goal on Sunday is to get our bottles filled, maybe there’s another way forward.

I reckon there is a place for learning how to re-fill our bottles during the week. When we read the Bible or pray, we are putting some water back into our bottle, when we offer a word of encouragement to someone else, we contribute to re-filling the bottle, when we meet with fellow followers of Jesus and share our encouragement, the bottle gets topped up.

So when we get to church on Sunday we are not so anxious to fill our empty bottle, but we are keen to share some of our full (or nearly full) bottle with the people around us whose bottles are less full than our own.

That leaves the church with a couple of goals: We need to make the sure the filling station is working well for the sake of those who have come with empty bottles, and to top up those who are not so empty; but we also need to help people to find ways to become daily re-fillers.

What are some ways you have been able to re-fill your own bottle, and how have you helped to fill other people’s bottles? Share your thoughts.

Hello Sunday Morning is an exciting new initiative by a group of young people who figured that something needed to be done to address what has begun to emerge as a dangerous culture in Australian society – the binge drinking culture.


Hello Sunday Morning is a movement towards a better drinking culture.

According to the ABOUT page on the Hello Sunday Morning website, the purpose is to “provide a platform for individuals to create meaningful change in their lives by taking a short break from alcohol. By sharing their story, each persons’ stand is a unique and essential contribution to a better drinking culture.

“Hello Sunday Morning is a way for any individual to take a break from drinking and recreate the drinking culture around us. Since 2010 nearly 10,000 people have signed up to go 12 weeks or more without alcohol, and blog about their journey on Hello Sunday Morning.”

I welcome any move towards addressing a culture that is creating a great deal of pain and suffering and is a major cost to our society in the areas of health, relationships, justice, and much more.

Well done to those people who are behind this initiative and those who are prepared to join up and make some personal changes