Gathering Cats – #1Word5voices #AshWednesday #Lent #40days

gather feb 10 - 2One of my favorite Super Bowl commercials is for computers or a technology company, I think. It’s the one where you see a bunch of cowboys riding horses in The Great West and they’re herding. While you’re busy waiting for John Wayne or Clint Eastwood to show up, you see what they’re herding come up over the cusp of a hill.


They’re herding cats.

gather feb 10 - 3I can’t get through the commercial without laughing every time I see it. I can relate, since I work with middle schoolers as a youth pastor.

When a bunch of people are all together, it can be exciting, like at a rock concert for Super Bowl. But even gathering in a small number can be meaningful [much to the relief of introverts everywhere].

Gathering is one of the most important things that we do as Christ followers. “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there with them.”  Despite Jesus calling us to be together, we seem to have a hard time doing it more than for an hour a week.

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John Wayne

Did you ever see that John Wayne movie, The Cowboys? My John Wayne-obsessed uncle showed it to me when I was a kid. It’s about John Wayne hiring 12 young schoolboys to help him drive his cattle across the country or fall into financial ruin. He teaches them how to wrangle, survive, and become men. It’s my favorite John Wayne movie that doesn’t also feature Owen Wilson. Over the course of the movie, the boys grow up–together, gathered under one cause.

How much more powerful would you experience God in your day-to-day life if you gathered more often with Christ followers, on mission together?

Today, on Ash Wednesday, gather with some of the people who follow Jesus alongside you. Share your struggles, doubts, and triumphs. We are meant to do this together.


P.S. Have you not figured out what to give up for Lent yet? My post tomorrow will give out a suggestion, but don’t take it personally. I didn’t write it about you.


ACheck out what my friends are writing about during our crazy Lent experiment we talked each other into doing. Shawn, Lindz, Bones, or Steph.


About Brian Swanson

Christ follower. Screw up. Stained with grace. Ruined by Jesus.
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