Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Let them have it

"But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat as well. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two." (Matt 5:39-41)



The 118118 number is a wonderful thing, isn't it? You can text a question to find out whatever random information you require and it sends you the answer back in about ten minutes. I was in work the other trying to work out where, in scripture, verse 40 ("If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt...") came from and it wasn't till I text the 118 number and got a reply that I was reminded whereabouts it was.

The reason the verse came into my head was because there was a recent change in the office teams and this resulted in no definite seating plans for staff, people appearing to be out for themselves and grabbing the first chair they saw upon arrival, and, either by design or default, I had to sit further away from the team, even though I often to assistant admin work for our team manager. I have to be honest, this annoyed me.

Where I did end up sitting, I was exposed to even more gossiping, bitchiness and borderline immature behaviour among people on the floor. It was like being back in the school bus. Immediately, Matt 5:40 came into my head; it was almost as if I'd been subconsciously asking God to calm me down, rather than remain angry. And He responded with that verse.

This reminded me of how He's with us in every single solitary step of the way, regardless of what walk of life we're in. He is the ultimate guardian angel and all we have to do is search for His guidance.

Sometimes in musical groups/sections we can be like the afore-mentioned staff. We want to move about seats in the band; we want to sit above someone we deem as inferior, we want to play someone elses part. And from there the bitchiness and politicking begins. We're all aware of it!

If you're sat in a particular spot in your office, thats where whoever's in charge of you has been led to put you, for your own good. If you're a musician, you sit where you sit because you're a good player - otherwise you wouldn't be in that band or at your level in the first place - and you'll get better. With care and practice, you'll improve.

Consider this being where God wants you to sit for now, so regardless of what part you play, it contributes bit by bit to how the piece you're playing is written. To put it into a Christian context - if its a religious piece of music, your individual parts contribute to the Body of Christ. "But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as He wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts but one body." (1 Cor 12:18-20)

Its easy to get impatient about it, especially if something as simple as a seat, a role or a position is taken from you - but you know what? Maybe that role means more to the person who takes it from you than it actually does to you. They may not have gone the right way to get it but they've obviously put themselves out of their way too, so let them have it. Because God will have better plans for you, blessings that are out of this worldly world. He won't leave you in the lurch and He won't let you go either.

"O Love that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be."

And I pray that, as you play your part well and accept you're where you are for the best reason of all, the blessings that are collaborated together and spread will be for the extension of His kingdom.

dw :)

Friday, 4 July 2008

Update - "FOLLOW ME"

Its been nearly a month since I last wrote anything on this blog and I apologise. I made the conscious decision to contribute more regularly to this a few months back and, through a number of recent events in my personal and professional life, its been hard keeping on top of it.

My diary over the last three weeks has been like a dot-to-dot, being here and there, doing this and that, and its left me knackered. Whilst I get something out of hanging out with people socially and carrying out tasks involving skills I've been blessed with, its tired me out a bit. I need to use the next couple of months to chill a bit more and add a bit of a balance to what I do daily or I'm going to wear myself out, just like people close to me in the past have.

There's the description of busy people "burning the candle at both ends". I'm not a believer in that lifestyle but lately I've become a victim of it. How ironic, eh. Its now a case of trying to remind myself who I'm following here - is it me? Is it other people? I'm pretty assertive, I can say no to things, but why all of a sudden don't I? Am I insecure about things? Do I feel the need to prove anything? These are just questions I ask myself and I find myself saying "Probably" for some of them.

In truth, I've been a little lost lately, which brings me back to the question of who or what I'm following. And I can't answer with certainty, which isn't like me, but I reckon its me. How other people do it, I don't know and I don't want to know but I should be following Christ.

Check this out:

Matt 4:18-20 - Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. He said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of people!" Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.

Mk 10:52 - Then Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man said to him, "Rabbouni, I want to see again."Jesus told him, "Go. Your faith has made you well." At once the man could see again, and he began to follow Jesus down the road.

John 21:22 Jesus said to him, "If it is my will for him to remain until I come back, how does that concern you? You must follow me!"

Its time I sorted out my priorities and get a steady balance in my life. Do you need to do the same with yours?

I'll leave that with you just now....

dw :)