Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? If you want to get things done, do you often find yourself shutting others out of your life? Do you feel that the best work is your work and the most efficient way of getting that work done is to make sure you do it?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
“If you want to get things done, you just have to do it yourself!” How often have you reminded yourself of this obvious truth? You ask someone to do something and they either don’t do it well or they omit doing it altogether. Parents are most familiar with this adage. You assign a chore and discover quickly that shortcuts were taken and, although the work was done, it didn’t result in the outcome you were anticipating. The workday environment is no different. Tasks build up on our desks and we know that others could help, but we find ourselves muttering, “If you want it done right, don’t ask someone else.” I have made this axiom a part of my modus operandi for decades, both dealing with family chores and tasks at work. I know that it’s the wrong approach, especially with kids. They will never learn unless they experience how to do it properly. With coworkers it’s impossible to build teamwork and trust unless you allow others opportunities to live up to their potential. The problem with this thinking is that it smells of self. When we believe that no one can do what we do as well as we do it, it is the height of selfishness. “I’ll do it myself” is like telling someone to “Come over here and sit next to me, I’m dying to tell you how well I do this stuff.” Now, that’s ego.
You and I are here on this earth for one reason, to serve and not be served. When we believe that we need to do the work thereby receiving the ultimate credit for it, it isn’t serving but self-serving. There is a better way, a more selfless way.
Here’s a story. Isaac Newton discovered and introduced the laws of gravity in the 1600s, which revolutionized astronomical studies. But few know that if it weren't for Edmund Halley, the world might never have learned from Newton. It was Halley who challenged Newton to think through his original notions. Halley corrected Newton's mathematical errors and prepared geometrical figures to support his discoveries. Halley coaxed the hesitant Newton to write his great work, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. . . . Historians call it one of the most selfless examples in the annals of science. Newton began almost immediately to reap the rewards of prominence; Halley received little credit. He did use the principles to predict the orbit and return of the comet that would later bear his name, but only after his death did he receive any acclaim. And because the comet only returns every 76 years, the notice is rather infrequent. Halley remained a devoted scientist who didn't care who received the credit as long as the cause was being advanced. (C.S. Kirkendall, Jr..)
Advancing the cause of the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, is your job and mine. It’s a job that can at times give us pause. Although God has blessed many of us with skills and talents that will help advance the cause, and we should use these, our greatest skill is the skill of letting go, inviting others into our skill set, all the while recognizing that the ultimate result of the work, done perfectly or not, is to glorify Christ. You, me and the rest of the Body of Christ can do the job just fine as long as we all love the same man, Jesus Christ. In the end it’s all about the cause.
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We pray. Thank you Lord for blessing us with the skills and abilities to do so much for the furtherance of the Kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ. Father, we are often tempted to think that the best way to serve you is to reach down deep inside to draw on all the skills you have blessed us with. Forgive us Father when we become so involved with ourselves that even Christ doesn’t get the credit for our work. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. This Passing Day. (Matt 6:34)
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