"Christianity is the only co-operative society that exists for the benefit of non-members." --- William Temple
Tour bus Christians drive comfortably through life as they gaze out the window at others who are elbow-deep in the daily adventure of serving God and working among spiritually needy people.
Tour bus Christians are insulated from the real world activity and excitement of God's work. They may avoid some of the pain that is involved, and they may protect themselves from the difficulties and struggles, but there is no real adventure on a tour bus. They miss out on the excitement of living at the edge of expectation. They don't experience the tremendous counter-culture truth that the more a Christian pours him/herself out serving others in God's name, the more God will fill him/her to overflowing. The adventure comes when you tell the tour bus to stop, and you jump off and say:
"Lord, I want to get into the thick of it, I want to play a role in the biggest adventure story of all time, in the whole of the Universe. Use me to make a difference. Use me to impact a young person for You. Use me to solve someone's problem. Use me to soothe someone's pain. Use me to answer someone's prayer. Use me to feed someone who is hungry, use me to rescue a child. Use me to bring someone to You, Use me to ease someone's loneliness. Use me to raise a good family.
Use me to deepen someone's faith, Use me to cheer someone on. Use me to help a broken person understand the s/he is precious and dear to Your heart. Use me to touch lives in Your name.
I don't want to just observe cathedrals through my bus window, I want to roll up my sleeves and build one! Lord, use me to build a living cathedral dedicated to Your glory and obedient to the teachings of Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ."