My friend, may I ask you a question? Do human beings need touch; especially as children, but even as important, as adults? Has God made us to be touched, comforted, and part of a community? Do we need to touch one another, not only for the good of others, but also for our own good?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
With all the recent high school and college commencements there was a theme it seems that rang true through each; “What do you want out of life?” The theme seems to fit because we’re looking at young men and women poised to enter the nation’s work force; each one aspiring to greatness of one degree or another. What struck me, however, is the latent message behind the theme. “Now it’s my turn to get my piece of the pie!” It’s that inherent message that everyone has a right to be successful. Well, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in these many decades it’s this: there aren’t as many pieces of pie out there to be had. And, when you find one, rights have nothing to do with whether or not you end up getting one.
It’s similar when we look to God, to reward us for what we believe we deserve based on our own merit.
Here’s a story: When Roy DeLamotte was chaplain at Paine College in Georgia he was well-known for a particular sermon that stands out about all others he ever preached at the college. What made this sermon so interesting? In this particular instance it was the shortest sermon in the college’s history with, perhaps, the longest topic sentence. The title of DeLamotte’s sermon was: “What does Christ Answer When We Ask, ‘Lord, What’s in Religion for Me?’” The complete content of his sermon was one word: “Nothing.” With that said he proclaimed “Amen.” He later explained that the one- word sermon was meant for people brought up on the ‘gimme-gimme’ gospel; those folks who only see dollar signs, perks or other material advantages to being a Christian. When asked how long it took him to prepare the message, he said, “Twenty years; and it couldn’t have come a day too soon.” (Resources, 1990)
What’s the secret to really being happy in life? The secret is this: Always be sure to be free to be nothing. When we recognize that nothing we are or do can ever appease God’s demand that we be holy, we’re free to be what we are–nothing. And, when we’re nothing, we’re free to be available to God to use us for anything. So, what do you want out of life? Try seeking “nothing” other than what God is willing to give you. If it’s happiness you’re looking for, His “nothing” is the best way to find that “piece of the pie” He has for you; just as long as you’re willing to do nothing to be something.
We pray. Heavenly Father, we praise Your holy name because You have given us Your Son, Jesus Christ, and Your Spirit so that we may worship You and glorify You. Forgive us Lord when we make that worship into a religion that neither glorifies You or gives You praise. Remind us Lord that worship is not about us but about You. It is our privilege to give You praise; our greatest blessing to worship You. There is a great Something for us when we worship You Lord . . . When share in Your glory as Your adopted sons and daughters in Jesus Christ. It doesn’t get better than that. In Jesus name. Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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