Three minutes. 180 seconds. In the grand scheme of a day, a day that consists of 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, or 86,400 seconds, three minutes is not that long. However, it can be very important and most of all powerful.
There's something called the three minute rule. It basically says, that for a period of three minutes, you seek out and spend that time talking to someone that you do not know very well.
I would like to issue a challenge for us at Druid Hills. I would like for us to actively give this Three Minute Rule a try. As a congregation we have tremendous gifts. Our fellowship ability, and our willingness to welcome others into our family, is incredible. As I stand in the back on Sunday mornings, I get to watch as you all reach out to each other in love. I get to witness how newcomers are embraced and made to feel as if they are long time members. As a congregation, we reach out very well. So this challenge is basically a way for us to sharpen what we already do well. It is a way for us to stay intentional about our hospitality so we can become even better at that which we already do well. I cannot tell you how many stories I hear from newcomers about how welcomed they felt the first time they came to worship at Druid Hills.
Therefore, for the next two months, I would like for you to be intentional about seeking out someone that is either a visitor, someone you do not know very well, or someone you have not had a chance to speak with in a while. For the three minutes before worship and the three minutes after worship, seek these people out and have a conversation with them. Maybe you are the welcome voice that keeps a new family coming to visit us. Maybe you are the one to discover one of our current family members is hurting, giving us the chance to help them out. Maybe you are the voice of friendship that someone so desperately needs to hear that morning.
God can work in many different ways and opening ourselves up to each other is one of them. I encourage you to give it a try and see what God will do through you. It can truly be amazing!
Have a great week and I will see you Sunday!