Steve Parr: Principle of the Emergency Room

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Steve Parr is working on a new book called Sunday School that Really Responds. It is a follow up to his fine book, Sunday School That Really works. I was honored that he asked me to write the forward to the book. He has given me permission to share a few key insights from the book.

Principle of the Emergency Room: Though the wait is long and the bill is high, the trip usually beats the alternative. The emergency room is one of the last places in the world that I want to visit. No one goes to the emergency room for good news, entertainment, or a few hours of relaxation. The experience is often unpleasant for the patient and for family members and friends. However, there is another way to look at the emergency room. It is a place where healing begins. Be cautious not to ignore problems simply because they are unpleasant to deal with. Do not let a minor ailment become an infection and perhaps even a disease that over time can destroy relationships and ministry. The sting of alcohol on a cut is a much better alternative to an amputation resulting from an infection that grew out of neglect. Though the emergency room experience is not something to which you aspire, do not let fear or neglect cause a problem to worsen.