Five Minute Friday — Crowd

Time for Five Minute Friday!

Five Minute Friday is an opportunity to focus on a prompt word for five minutes (more or less), write a pithy (or sometimes not so pithy) post, share it with others at Kate’s place on Facebook at and sit back and enjoy other posts from other writers. It’s an exercise that keeps your mind sharp … and introduces you to a world of thought on the prompt from the other talented participants. It’s free. It’s easy (okay, not always). It’s addictive (in a good way). You should visit and check it out or — better yet — join in the fun of expressing yourself!

I’ve been using testimonials about the group and the exercise from other members as collected in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Flat. This week it’s CharlotteAmanda. I encourage you to listen to the words and visit Kate and her wonderful corps of writers … and maybe be inspired to join in!

“For me FMF is a way to write freely. to write openly and honestly. It gives me joy. It’s a highlight f my week. It makes me think, it stretches my imagination. It fills my heart with happiness. It gives me a chance to see the point of view of others. It gives me a chance to ‘meet’ like-minded writers. FMF is a wonderful outlet for creativity.”

This week’s prompt is CROWD. The timer is set, so let’s GO …

I’m not particularly fond of crowds. I’m more of a small group, intimate crowd guy.

I get turned off at big events — even fun events. The only exception might be a professional football game, but even then, I would be just as happy chugging my beer in front of the TV screen with a small group of friends.

Church is the same way. I’ve worshiped in cathedrals and with just five or six believers. I’ve been to revivals and men’s breakfasts. I’ve witnessed publicly and over a cup of coffee. I always prefer the latter.

I recognize we’re in a “numbers” driven society. It seems the more the better, more means “success.” Numbers are real and measurable. But I often wondered when a mega-preacher reports “276 souls were saved at tonight’s service,” how many of them were actually still “saved” tomorrow. How many got caught up in the euphoria of the moment? How many lives were actually changed?

I’m sure there were some, but small groups give a better opportunity to change lives, one at a time. … STOP

… There is a time and a place for both. I just prefer small groups rather than crowds.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Make people laugh whenever possible.

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9 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Crowd

  1. Love that part where you said to make people laugh whenever possible; after all it is the best medicine.

  2. Carol says:

    I prefer small groups too– although I do enjoy Michigan Wolverine football. Was in the big house during college years and a few times after.

  3. Lesley says:

    I feel the same way about crowds. Moving from a larger church to be part of a new church plant that has about 50-60 people has been a really good move for me and I feel so much more connected as part of a smaller community.

  4. A father’s wisdom is almost always found in nuggets. Who says more is better. When less can be more. Sometimes the greatest, most significant and greater works are found in the simpler things. Our smallest things can be our greatest reward, potent impact, a passionate beginning. A real truth the greater good is often embraced and resembled in the smallest hands.
    Blessings Nancy

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