Getting Ahead: Forgotten Spaces

By John G. Pfeifer - Religion Columnist

Our office is located on the fourth floor of a four-story downtown building. The elevator is located in the back of the building and has a hall that connects to it. The hall then goes on to an emergency exit that opens into the alley. The steps are right inside the front door so the only reason to go back the hall would be to get to the elevator or the back alley. In trying to keep healthy, I almost always use the steps to go up to our fourth floor office.

This morning I had some heavier things that needed to go to the third floor so I used the alley door to access the elevator. I turned on the light and noticed that the hall was in need of a good sweeping.

I was already a little late getting to my desk and didn’t feel like I had the time to sweep it out. After making about three trips through the dirt loading the elevator, I decided that I could not put it off.

I had to sweep and clean that hall before I went to my office. I knew that later in the day people would be using the elevator and it sure wasn’t something anyone else should have to walk through.

While sweeping the hall I started to think how all that dirt had not bothered me in the least when I didn’t have a reason to go there.

As long as I kept using the stairs, I did not even see the condition of the hall. I wonder if there are spaces in our lives that need swept out but we don’t see them? Then, if there is an occasion that we are faced with these problem areas, do we just move on and think we will revisit them in the future?

How many people might be affected by what we fail to see in ourselves? Do we need to take time to identify and sweep out some areas in our life before we move on?

These and other life questions will be addressed Sunday morning as “The Gathering Place Family” meets in the Washington High School Gymnasium at 10 a.m. for our Pre-Service Connection where we enjoy coffee, juice and donuts. Our Worship Service and Children’s Church then begins at 10:30. Come at 7 p.m. and be part of our Wednesday night Bible Study and Children’s Ministry on the third floor above Trends at 120 West Court St. in Washington C.H.

By John G. Pfeifer

Religion Columnist