Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The purple potty

We have a nice new purple potty at the church. Ever since we built the pavilion and playground we've talked about how to also provide 'facilities' for those who use it. Building year-round restrooms is on the seriously pricey side, so we recently decided that a porta potty might be the best way to go. The cost will be much less, plus they come and clean/service it once a week. They brought it yesterday and we have tentatively placed it out by the recycling shed. I was originally thinking about having it up by the church building, but I'm glad we didn't do that, because I didn't know it was going to be BRIGHT PURPLE! At any rate, aside from the color, it is pretty nice. As far as porta potties go.

Of course, I've already heard some complaints. I suppose I will hear more. But I don't think some people realize just how many people use the playground/pavilion during the day, during the week. I would say that in the summer there is almost never a day that goes by without it being used. People living around here walk or ride there bikes over, and there are plenty of people who drive here and let their kids run and play, or even for adults who just sort of 'hang out.' Not to mention the cyclists. We are apparently on a byciclers route, and plenty of them stop under the pavilion for a rest. Now they will have a place to "go" too.

I will need to remind a few people why we built the playground/pavilion in the first place. Several years ago we were asking ourselves the question: "If our church ceased to exist, would anyone notice?" The point being, was our church having any impact on the community we lived in? Were we blessing anyone? Granted, I know that also comes down to a personal level, but I think it should show itself on a corporate/community level as well. So we prayed and fasted for several months (or maybe even years), and a bunch of us felt like this was how we could best be a blessing. We aren't really in a "town", but God has blessed us with lots of land, and lots of random houses around us with no real park anywhere close by. So we built this as a gift to the community. And what good is a park in the middle of nowhere without a proper place to relieve oneself? So... there ya go. It may not be top-notch, but it's better than a tree. I have always felt especially bad for people with small children. Because sometimes they have to go "right now." Now they will have a place.

Again, I wasn't thrilled about the color, but I am pretty pleased to now be able to offer our friends a purple place to potty. Practically perfect.

Peace out; and in.