organising meetings for maximum 1 person(s)

i must confess that the idea of writing this post did not came from reading a high rated scientific research or a great book. it just happened to see -well, actually to have my eyes blocked at- an advertisment at the entrance of euroaiport basel-mulhausen.

i will let the ad speak for itself

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meet in Style

my first social media reaction was to post this picture and make fun of it by adding: Wanna’ have a meeting with yourself? Book now at Euroairport Basel!

ha-ha-ha, very funny. it’s not even funny enough to share this with your friends on different social pages (and that’s proven by the fact, that no one found this picture funny enough to share it or re-post it-thanks to those who liked it-). but this ad just wouldn’t let me rest.
so, hereby the actual blog post…

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. – this is a very strong message from Jesus and it is quoted from matthew 18.20 by a large amount of christians, also by all those who feel inspired, motivated and supported in their solitude. many would say now something like yes, but i can very well pray at home in loneliness or i don’t feel like going to church or a praying group to express my faith or i prefer to meditate alone and faith is a private thing and so on… 

faith is personal, but never private – this is what Jesus wants to point out. it’s not that His presence is revoked when we are alone, or that he grants His attendance only if there are a minimum of two people. indeed he encourages us to be on our own and spend time in solitude -see matthew chapter 6. but after our own devotion and spiritual practice, we have to step in the crowd. we need to be able to surrender egoistic spirituality, never draw the line and always share christian faith with others. personal, but never private. 

just for fun 1: i would like to see the reaction of those who handle the bookings for these rooms, if i would call them and rent out a meeting room for 1 person.

just for fun 2: what if i would book a room for two persons, God and i. would they put me to pay for two people?

maundy thursday

when he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “do you understand what I have done to you? you call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. if I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. for I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you”. John 13. 12 – 15

dear teachers of children’s ministry, dear teachers of Word of God

this story out of which i have quoted a few verses is usually read and quoted mainly when the speaker wants to talk about christian community, in feast period and as we approach easily to Easter, mainly on maundy thursday. it happens on the last supper, where Jesus gives an example worth of following for all those who believe in Him.

now, i challenge you to read this part from the Bible with a pedagogical eye, heart and mind, with pedagogical professionalism and in the sense of true leadership. because i truly believe that by this story Jesus wants us to teach not only how to act in a christian community, or in christian life in general, but would also like to show us, how to teach, and how a teacher should approach to a child, to a disciple and how should a leader behave.

if I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet

i remember myself as the little boy who always loved to play outside, rather than in between four walls and a roof. and that happened also during sunday school. i never made handy crafts, i always wanted to play outside. even on a rainy day, after a huge rain or while raining. and i loved to step in dirt. i enjoyed jumping in all the dirty places you could imagine. in ten minutes of play time, i’m telling you, i was able to gather the whole dirt of the world on my shoes. and then there is this sunday school teacher. she is supposed to return me back to my parents after the class is over, exactly the way i arrived there. so i remember standing in front of this sunday school teacher. she was always helping me to clean my dirty shoes. when i didn’t wanted to do it, she would kneel down in front of me and clean my shoes herself. i have a strong picture of this teacher every time: i stand there with my dirty shoe, she is kneeling in front of me and as i look in a position down, she is cleaning my shoes. she cleaned my shoes. she washed my feet. i can ever since than look up to this teacher.

because that is the way she was doing everything: teaching, praying, talking with the children, talking with everyone. she had a holy humbleness, which can be the best characterized with this action: kneeling down and cleaning my shoes, washing my feet.

maundy

i believe, this is the only way you can be good teachers, pastors, leaders, ministers, missionaries.
teachers with head, who wash the feet of their disciples.