Our Church sermon today was about having a servant’s heart; how it makes God happy when we serve others. As I walked out of Church, the sermon still fresh in my mind, I thought back to one of the Bible verses that showed up on my smartphone screen earlier this week.
I liked it then so I took a screenshot of it. It was James 1:22 (NIV).
Perhaps the reason this verse resonated with me is it’s a reminder that it’s important to live our faith all the time, not just on Sundays. I’ve had times in my life where I’ve struggled with this. Maybe you have too.
Hopefully, I’ll remember this Bible verse the next time this happens:
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
There’s a lot of unfamiliar faces around my office these days. We’ve got a whole gaggle of interns ready to spend the Summer learning all about the radio industry.
There’s probably 10 to 12 of them. I’m trying to learn all of their names but so far have only gotten a couple to stick in my brain.
Today I needed a little help from one of them since my regular Friday helper was on vacation. I walked up to a group of interns sitting around and said, “Want to learn something new? I need help with something that’s simple, tedious, and boring. It requires attention to detail and is extremely important. Who wants to help?”
A few of them looked around at each other. A few didn’t look up from their laptop. I was about to say, “Don’t everyone jump at once,” but before I had the chance one guy raised his hand and said, “I’ll do it.”
He was a quick study, asking questions about the task I entrusted to him and taking notes with the answers I gave. In just a few minutes he was on his own getting things done.
There were two things I took away from this experience. I was surprised that only one intern jumped at the chance to work with someone new and learn something new from them. In my mind, they were squandering away a great opportunity.
I was also impressed with the young man for volunteering for a project that I described exactly as it was; very boring and very important. Because of his initiative, I know he can (and should) be trusted with greater, more interesting tasks.
He made a name for himself… and I learned it… and committed it to memory. He’ll be my “go-to” guy the next time I need help and I’ll go out of my way to teach him some other things.
Driving home tonight I thought about the situation and about how the little things matter. I was reminded of Matthew 25:23 (AMP).
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little, I will put you in charge of many things; share in the joy of your master.’