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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Motivation 3

Today I'm reading 1 Timothy 6:11-16
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen."

Disappointment. Attending our regional Presbytery meetings is the very definition of disappointment. Repeated disappointment that I blogged about yesterday. 6 hours of my life wasted. But I had low expectations going into to it and they were met. So, this kind of disappointment is different. My lack of motivation in Presbytery things has more to do with the futility of trying to change a system that is designed solely to protect itself from change. But change is coming - not by careful planning but forced change because of declining numbers of people and declining dollars. That's how crisis happens. Unplanned change.

We all run up against systems that are de-motivating. School systems. Corporations. Political systems. Medical and insurance systems. Cable/internet companies (everyone's favorite). In my sermon last Sunday I mentioned our world systems as one source of evil where the Gospel must bring a message of justice and acts of compassion. Afterwards one man who is a lawyer came up to me and said that one of the hardest things he has to explain to people is that they won't find justice in the court system. Real justice will only come from the hands of God and probably not until the next world.

Yet here we are having to deal with systems that suck the life right out of you. How to stay motivated? Focus on Jesus, first of all. Keep your eyes on him and his call upon your life. Next, focus on what you CAN do, not on what you CAN'T do. There is still a lot you can do even if you're in a lousy system. And, give yourself time - time to look for ways to change things or to consider if you're called out of that system. But if you do leave, remember there is no perfect place to go. And if there is a perfect place you'll screw it up if you go there.

Fight the good fight. Team up with others. Don't look for perfection. Do the good you can do. Stay true to Jesus.


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