My two-year-old fell at McDonald’s on Sunday night and hurt her nose. I was not lovin’ it, especially when the doctor at the ER said that her nose was broken. He said that she would need to see an ear, nose, and throat specialist to determine the course of action to take. I imagined surgeries that would cause her poor little nose to look similar to the nose of a retired boxer, but without the money and titles to show for it.
The ENT appointment was yesterday afternoon and upon further review she does not have a broken nose after all. She does have massive trauma and swelling. The doctor said that her nose will eventually be every color of the rainbow before it heals completely. But at least it isn’t broken.
McDonald’s is a place where you should be able to get “food” at a low price. It should never be a place where you break your nose. Here are three other things that should never take place at McDonald’s:
1. Weight Watchers Meetings. I have been on a Weight Watchers diet before; counting points and trying to game the system. It worked to lower my weight, but it also made me a little crazy. I started to view McDonald’s as the Promised Land flowing with milkshakes and honey mustard. Making a group of people who are losing their minds while losing weight meet at McDonald’s would be a bad idea. Another bad idea: teaching your toddler how to say flatulence. It’s funny, but your spouse probably won’t think so.
2. Marriage Proposals. Marriage proposals should take place somewhere romantic, in a setting that evokes heightened emotions. They should not happen in a place that features ketchup pumps and a playland. There are some exceptions to this, of course. Like if you met at McDonald’s. Or if you own a McDonald’s franchise. Or if you are Ronald McDonald. And if you are Ronald McDonald, I have some shoes you can borrow.
3. Rap Battles. Rap battles should take place on the street or in dimly lit, abandoned warehouses. They should never take place in well-lit restaurants with innocent children present. Or in a place where the participants can buy Happy Meals afterward. Have I ever been involved in a rap battle? Only in my mind. And I was awesome.
I have spent too much time at McDonald’s restaurants over the course of my life and I have spent way too much time thinking about what shouldn’t be done at McDonald’s while writing this blog post. I’m sure that there are more things that probably shouldn’t be done there, but what is more important is what should be done there. And everywhere else for that matter.
While Jesus was speaking with “the woman at the well,” the topic came up about where people should worship; whether in Jerusalem where the Jews worshipped or on the mountain where the Samaritans worshipped. Jesus said,
Believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither
onthis mountain nor in Jerusalem…..Yet a time is coming and
has now comewhen the true worshipers will worship the Father
in the Spirit and in truth,for they are the kind of worshipers
the Father seeks. God is spirit,and his worshipers must worship
in the Spirit and in truth.
John 4:21, 23-24
Wherever we are, God is worthy of worship.
In McDonald’s, in a church building, in an abandoned warehouse, on the street—He is worthy.
The where of worship doesn’t matter; the how of worship matters immensely.
God deserves and requires that we worship Him in Spirit and in truth.
(What else should never take place at McDonald’s? Where have you worshipped God today? Share away?)