This past week, I was on vacation. Today will be my first day back to work. I expect it will be a very frustrating day.
Don’t get me wrong. I love my job and I am very thankful to have it.
What will make today so annoying will begin the moment I pull up to the church parking lot. All the buildings will still be standing, there will be no banner out front saying how much I was missed and no cheering crowds waiting for me to step out of my truck and save the day.
When I walk into Dennis Hall, the first thing someone will tell me is what a great job Pastor Kit did preaching last Sunday and how I need to have him preach more often.
I will quickly see that all the ministries of our church carried on without me.
Today will be a much needed reminder that I am not nearly as important as I think I am. I need today.
One of my biggest sins, of which there are many, is falling into the trap of thinking the world revolves around me and it could not survive without me. That’s why today will be such a rude awakening.
The truth is the world would keep turning, even if I wasn’t here.
It is for people like me that Paul wrote, “Because of the grace that God gave me, I can say to each one of you: don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought to think. “ (Romans 12:3a)
Today, with all the demands of work and family, you may begin to think you are somebody and the world could not survive without you. Don’t do it.
That’s called Tomitis. It is highly toxic. You don’t want it.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, when I slip into arrogance, teach me humility. Help me think of others before I think of myself. Use me to make this world a better place. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Now that I think about it, there is one at the church who will have missed me. It’s the plant in my office. I’ll bet it needs to be watered.
The day is saved!
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.