My wife and I just got back from vacation. We celebrated our 10-year anniversary in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN, hoping for some quality time together and a relaxing respite before the busy Fall season begins (the start of another great High School sports season at TV-44 and the kick-off to FCA events with leaders training starting August 21 and Fields of Faith in September).
What we found last Monday as we pulled into the tourist mountain was just the opposite. Bright lights, blow-up creatures, and lots of noise.
After the shock wore off, we found things more our speed including some great restaurants and an enjoyable night at the Tennessee Smokies Minor League baseball game.
And before we returned North, Friday night, we got to enjoy the Biblical Times Dinner Theatre, right there on the main strip of Pigeon Forge. As we enjoyed our meal, we were treated to Southern Gospel songs that reminded me of a truth that we all experience on a daily basis.
In the midst of the chaos of living our everyday lives and being inundated by American cultural influences, there are followers of Jesus who come together to give support and strength. When we were in that theatre, singing old-time songs to the Lord, we were safe and encouraged despite all the noise around us that was taking place outside those walls.
It’s why being involved in a local church is so important.
It’s why TV-44 is so vital to our community, as a safe place for families to turn on a daily basis for encouragement and spiritual growth.
It’s why in FCA, we make such a big deal about starting huddles within our high schools and middle schools. Just like a football team huddles up to make sure all the players know the right play, our students need a place to huddle up and get on the same page for life. Then, the huddle breaks and they are equipped to be salt and light amongst their friends, teachers, and coaches.
This quaint dinner theatre reminded me of those truths and showed me how much meat there is in Hebrews 10:25.
“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”
We need one another. We need strength and support from fellow Christians. How plugged in are you to a group of Believers? If you need help getting more plugged in, I would be glad to help you find a group in your area!