Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Do you have a hero in your life that you look up to? If so, have you ever given any thought as to why and how that person rated such status in your life?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
For years I’ve kept a small bookshelf in my office. Items on the shelf have come and gone. There was the model car that reigned up front for years. It eventually was retired, having lost its novelty, it acquired a reputation for merely collecting dust. I had a small coffee mug up there for a while as well. It was moved to another location over the years and I’ve lost track of it. For a brief time there was one of those stuffed little birds you could hold in your hand. When you squeezed its body it played a recorded sound. I believe that was claimed by one of my grandchildren. Numerous pictures have found their home there as well. Unfortunately there was a cataclysmic tipping over of the shelf a number of years back and everything ended up dumped on the floor. Frames were bent and glass broken. Some pictures had to be discarded. Throughout all these comings and goings one thing remained, however: a treasured picture of my best friend taken over 20 years ago. He was leaving for another job a state away and we were saying goodbye. Crowded out by mugs, model cars and stuffed animals, it had been pushed to the back of the shelf. Today it stands prominently at the front of the shelf where, I believe, it belongs. It had paid its dues and deserves a long reign looking down from above.
For a while a plastic car was out front on the shelf; then the plush, talking bird. The mug also captivated me as well. Now my best friend is there. He claims the front row, beating plastic, plush or ceramic, hands down. The former had made it big in my life for the moment, but my friend had done some big things in life. He deserved the status more.
Here’s a story. Researchers for the World Almanac and Book of Facts asked 2000 American eighth-grade students to name prominent people they admired and wanted to be like. Those most frequently mentioned by the teens as their heroes were entertainment celebrities or sports stars. Commenting on this, columnist Sidney J. Harris lamented the fact that every one of the 30 prominent personalities who were named was either an entertainer or an athlete. He noted that statesmen, authors, painters, musicians, architects, doctors, and astronauts failed to capture the imagination of those students. He further suggested that the heroes and heroines created by our society are people who have made it big, but not necessarily people who have done big things. (Source Unknown.)
The prophet Isaiah wrote, “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.” Heros come and go in life as most are momentary occupiers of our time, eventually collecting the dust of parity, perhaps even disappearing completely, or worse yet, becoming broken when we discover how fragile they really are. God, however, is the perfect idol. He has no parity, will never go away and can’t break. God deserves the best place, up front on our heart’s shelf. Look inside yourself today and see if you can find where you’ve put him. He may have been moved to the back, but I’m sure he’s still there. He has no equal; give him the space he deserves. He does big things, unequalled in biggness above all others; the rest are merely fleeting clutter.
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We pray. Thank you Lord for being patient with our continued willingness to place idols in our lives before the only real hero we know, you. Father, we know that the work you do, sometimes without us even knowing, is beyond perfect and that you will never change or leave us. May we always give you first place in our hearts. Move us to reexamine our heart’s priority every day so that you will always be the only hero in our lives. 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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