Several years ago my dad was a church library consultant for the Baptist Sunday School Board. One of his assignments was to conduct church library conferences at churches around the country. At one conference, he asked for reports about the status of the participants’ church libraries. One dear lady stood proudly to announce, “As of last Sunday, all of our books are checked in.” Obviously, she thought the job of the librarian was to get books in, not give them out.
Which brings me to a thought about church — how much effort do we expend to get all our people “checked in?” We count high attendance Sundays, worship attendance, Sunday School attendance, membership lists, baptisms, and anything we can brag about to fellow pastors or our denomination’s leaders. But what are we not counting?