"Do Not Disturb"

>> Monday, June 4, 2012

I’ll do just about anything to get myself on the treadmill. Not sure why it’s such a chore since most of the time, I actually enjoy it.

I’ve taken to using little tricks like trying to find entertainment in order to pass the time. One thing I do is listen to Joyce Meyer podcasts while I’m huffing and puffing.

Recently she came out on stage with a sign around her neck that said “Do Not Disturb.” Everyone laughed, albeit tentatively, because when she starts to preach, it’s usually followed by a kick in the conscience.

The subject? Church people. And how they act.

*Uh oh.*

The whole discussion centered on the fact that we are all so self-centered, that we don’t put our Bible money where our mouths are.

We go to church on Sunday…and whine when someone sits in our pew. Or we say to the hurting, “Bless God and I’ll pray for you,” while muttering that the pastor should do something…instead of taking action.

There's a million excuses: We’re too busy, too stressed, too tired, or too __________. (Fill in the blank…)

The teaching went on as sweat streamed down my face, forcing me to consider whether it was because I’d had an awesome workout… or had my toes stepped on.

It was the latter.

Not too long ago, I got a phone call from an old friend. We hadn’t talked in quite a while and I almost groaned when her name came up on the caller ID. I was busy (one of my fav excuses) and was abrupt, basically blowing her off. But I did promise I’d get back to her “when my schedule allowed it.”

Yeah, Joyce had done it again.

Workout complete, I plopped on the now-still treadmill and hung my head, red-faced and knowing it had nothing to do with physical exertion.

Of course we all have responsibilities and tasks we must accomplish. And time is of the premium—I get it.

But if we’re going to follow Jesus’ example, we need to ask ourselves not ‘what would Jesus do,’ but take a good look at what he DID. (This is a quote from my Pastor, Ron Moore....awesome, aint it?)

The answer is simple: He served.

Not at his convenience or when it fit into his schedule. He didn’t turn the masses away or brush the children aside.

He simply loved.

I called my friend and apologized. She forgave me and was very understanding. We haven't gotten together yet, but hopefully will do so soon.

In the meanwhile, I’m going to try to do better.

May I have a heart that is more sensitive to others so that God can use me as his hands and feet.

And never wear a sign that says, “Do Not Disturb.”

“Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another.”                           
John 13.34 MSG


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