Every organization…every project…every event…they all have some measure of chaos.
Chaos is the feeling of disorder that comes from a lack of planning, poor communication, or comes a a natural reaction to the unexpected. For the past half hour, our church volunteers handled an unusually large “back-to-church-after-the holidays” crowd that exceeded our expectations. After the dust settled at 11:30am, we parked about 1650 cars in a space that is designed to handle 1400. We have nearly 3,200 people trying to get into a 2,500 seat worship center. We have overflowed out of the overflow room into a 2nd overflow room. And that is only one of our 15 services at 4 different campuses.
All of my training, education, and personality are opposed to chaos. As a Project Manager, I have been taught to reduce and remove chaos. So, when it happens (and it will always happen), I have two ways to react to it.
I can WORRY. I can fret. I can become anxious. I can complain. I can point to breakdowns in the systems. I can verbalize all the negative emotions associated with the large crowd. This is my natural reaction.
Or, I can WONDER. I can be amazed that God would bless our church with these new attenders. I can be impressed with the grace that everyone give in the commotion. I can express my gratitude for the service of our incredible volunteers. This is the reaction that I prefer to give. It is not natural, but it is better for everyone around me. It is more honoring to the God that I serve.
Thanks for listening.