Each evening a bird lover, Tom, stood in his backyard, hooting like an owl. One night an owl called back to him. For a year, Tom and his feathered friend hooted back and forth. He even kept a log of the "conversation." Just as he thought he was on the verge of a breakthrough in inter-species communication, his wife had a chat with her neighbor. "My husband spends his nights calling out to owls," she said. "That's odd," the neighbor replied, "so does mine."
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
Do you ever wonder if you make a difference? Does anyone give a hoot? Worship is for God, but it also has an impact on those that participate. Too often we look at what we want to get out of worship, but we’ve got it backwards. We have the responsibility to give in worship! The godly life, inspired by love, is kept alive by people who care enough for one another to gather together. How does it help others? “Exhorting one another” means encouraging one another, which cannot occur if you’re absent, and can even be discouraging if someone is depending on you to be there for them. Ministry is not about numbers, but every member is important to God and the rest of the Body. The author of Hebrews assigns some urgency to the situation by alerting them that the “Day” is coming. We must serve with urgency because time is limited. We must value every day, every opportunity to serve the Lord and every member. Every member is valued because we all have specific functions that help our body be its best for the glory of God. We do give a hoot!