Slip n Slide into the New Year

On January 12, 2013 by Chris Avell

What do you get when you mix cold, snow, water, a Llama and a sheet of plastic?

a Garlic Llama on a Slip-n-Slide

a Garlic Llama on a Slip-n-Slide

I’m not sure.  But 18 of us sure had fun slip-n and slide-n into the new year!

Perhaps we were celebrating another year of salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ or perhaps we were just thrilled the Mayans were wrong but either way…  It sure was cold!

Actually, to be fair, for a winter day in NW Ohio the temperature was not too bad — a mild 28 degrees (F) and there was none of that nasty freezing wind to cause us pain.  So it could have been better worse.

And guess what else?  Despite all the dire warnings that we were all going to get sick or that our limbs would start falling off nobody was worse off for having participated.  In fact, experiencing something so weird (ok, you can call it dumb) and extreme together gave us a feeling of comradeship.  Actually I am not sure comradeship is the right word but I am too lazy right now to ‘Google it’ so…

After the sliding fun we all came in and had some hot chocolate and cookies, it was yummy!

But “what does this have to do with Jesus?” you ask?

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:

It was slip-n-slide season!  Or wait, maybe that is summer time in Ohio.  So perhaps this Bible verse has little to do with our actual event, but…  A friend attending the event opened up about some of the pain he had been feeling and about his self-inflicted-pain response.  He is going through a tough divorce, having financial difficulties, and really needed some encouragement.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

I had a chance to minister to him and gain his assurance that this (response) would not happen again, the he would turn to the Lord for strength.  Of course, as was expected, even at this silly event – Jesus provided Light.

1 Thessalonians 5:14 (NIV)
And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

It is my hope that next year we will get churches all around the country – where it is cold – to participate in the Polar Slip n Slide into the New Year and share their stories!

Chris Avell (18 Posts)

Chris is former atheist and now a pastor with Churches of God General Conference. Chris has a wife, three daughters, and two sons. There is practically nothing else you would need to know about Chris.


 

3 Responses to “Slip n Slide into the New Year”

  • It was a great bonding exercise as any gathering involving two or more in HIS name are! Here’s to more such experiences!

  • And I would not call it “Wild and Crazy” nor “dumb”. How about adventurous?

  • Colossians 1:10 says… “so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God”

    So what a great post to sum up the good fruit that was reaped from the event!! AND, it was FUN too 🙂

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