I was in a stinky Irving bathroom the other day.  And it’s not the first time, but it wasn’t always that way.  I remember when Irving stations were renowned for their clean restroom., They had signs that advertised the fact that their bathrooms were clean and it wasn’t just an idle boast.  And so for years when we travelled we knew that if you went to an Irving station, you would be assured of a clean bathroom, but no longer. 
A number of years ago the Irving convenience stores and restaurants were taken over by Circle K and apparently they have a different vision and different priorities.  Which is too bad because I am a clean restroom fan.

That  reminds me of a couple of lessons to be learned. Once the vision is lost at the leadership level, it’s not long before the vision is lost by everyone and that applies to churches, as well as, service stations. Secondly, in people’s minds, it is the owner, Irving, who has lowered the standards, not the management Circle K. And so we have to be careful, because when the church stops behaving as it should, it is ultimately a reflection on the owner, Christ, and not the management, us. Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.