For most of my childhood I was heavily influenced by a guy like Walter Payton. Walter was a running back for the Chicago Bears (strange, because I was a Vikings fan) and he played the drums. That's what I wanted to do! Play football and the drums. And you know what? I did. Surprisingly I wasn't as good as Walter in football. Come to think of it, I wasn't as good as Walter on the drums either.
Fortunately, I chose a different career... again, most likely because I was influenced by someone. But, in this case it wasn't a football player, it was my father. My dad was a pastor for 33 years. And while I'll save the whole story for another time it's true that I really enjoyed growing up watching my dad serve God and people. Some pastor's kids can't say this but I can say that I loved and still do love the church (not the building, the people!)
Of course the church is a mess (not the building, the people... ok, and some buildings). Maybe that's what makes it so intensely interesting... knowing that this disorderly, unruly, broken group bunch can come together and because of God's help be turned into an absolute force of good to change lives and a community. Amazing.
Football has done some good over the years. Certainly music has as well. But there's nothing like the church. (correct, not the building... the people...)