The ultimate compliment is being invited. Maybe to be invited to a party, a brunch date, or to church. When you’re gifted an invite, you’re welcomed in. No matter who you are, that’s a warm, comforting feeling. As humans, we want to feel accepted. We want to be in.
Over the last few weeks, I have been thinking a lot about invitations. I think about James*, who was invited by fellow participants to eat dinner with us on Wednesday night because they knew he would love the meal. People welcomed him at his table, made him feel like family, and he expressed how he loved the night.
I think of Nicolas*, who came from out of state and was referred to eat with us by another community partner. When I saw him and didn’t recognize him, I sat down and welcomed him, and asked a little about him. He was excited to share that he was ten days sober. I encouraged him, invited him to come and experience our food pantry, and discussed how Lubbock Impact can help people get back up on their feet.
I think about our Easter Egg Hunt at Wheelock Park where we invited many families to come out and eat hot dogs with us and hunt eggs. We invited guests who may not have family or the means to prepare a traditional meal to eat an Easter meal with us the Wednesday before Easter. Then, we invited people to Journey to Jerusalem.
All of these invitations are opportunities for us to love the community. Ultimately, with the hope that people will accept the ultimate invitation to accept Christ to be their Savior. We are continuously humbled by people who accept the invitation to come and see what Lubbock Impact is about and how the community comes together to help people in need.
Thank you for partnering with us to make these invitations possible. And consider this your invitation to come and see what’s happening at Lubbock Impact.