Monthly Archives: September 2014

Making It About Me When It’s Not About Me

We’re studying the book of Mark in Wednesday night Bible study, and a lady commented on how difficult sharing Jesus with people is.

All I could do was nod, because I, too, find it difficult.

When there’s no legitimate reason for such reticence.

We become afraid to share the Good News, because we don’t want to be laughed at, ignored, or worse.

The problem with that attitude is two-fold. First, thinking that way is selfish. It’s making the delivery (or lack thereof) of the message about us, and not about God. We are but the messenger. Do we hold the mailman responsible for delivering a “Dear John” letter?

Some might, but that’s their problem. The possibility certainly doesn’t stop the mailman from continuing to do his job. Neither should it stop us from delivering Jesus’ message.

Secondly, by not doing what God asks us because we’re afraid limits God. Most of us live in countries where we are — for the most part — free to speak openly about our faith. If anyone should be telling everyone about what matters to us most — and Jesus should be at the top of that list — it’s us. We need not fear imprisonment, torture or death for doing so.

Part of us limiting God is cultural. Many of us were brought up to believe that we are in charge of our destiny. We are in control. That believe, while can lead to success, also pushes God into the background. We believe we can save ourselves and others without depending upon him.

The fear we experience when trying to spread God’s love is a consequence of not relying upon him to help us. We ignore the Spirit’s urgings, his strength and wisdom in favor of our own.

We are saved through Jesus and only Jesus. To hesitate to share in that joy and wonder for those who need it as much as we do is not only selfish, but fatal.

Thinking on Labor Day

From the US Department of Labor website:

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr also said of labor:

We must set out to do a good job, irrespective of race, and do it so well that nobody could do it better.

Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. Even if it does not fall in the category of one of the so-called big professions, do it well. As one college president said, “A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.” If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, like Shakespeare wrote poetry, like Beethoven composed music; sweep streets so well that all the host of Heaven and earth will have to pause and say, “Here lived a great street sweeper, who swept his job well.

Today is the day we celebrate a job well done. It’s important to not only take pride in how well we do our job, but resolve to do it better; to become indispensable. Even if (or especially if) that job is considered “below” other jobs.

Because if we were all doctors and lawyers, who would pick up the trash, or clean our sewers?

Even better, perhaps we should use this day to thank others for doing those so-called thankless jobs.

I, for one, thank you.