[Jesus said] “As for awarding places of honor, that’s not my business.” Mark 10:40 (The Message Bible)
Recently, I came out of the closet—the political closet, that is, by acknowledging the candidate of my choice for the upcoming presidential election. I knew when I hit the “like” button on Facebook, I was taking a risk that I would get some feedback. I received one non-confrontational comment along with a “FYI” article attached, which I found interesting. However, the article did not sway me to “unlike” my earlier comment on Facebook.
Somewhere along my life journey, I began to venture out of the mind box of my youth. Today, my arms and legs dangle outside the box seeking ways to learn and grow intellectually and spiritually. I believe that’s what Jesus wants us to do. In verse 44 of Luke 10, the disciples James and John took the risk of asking Jesus if they could have the honor of residing at his right and left side in heaven. Jesus did not chastise them for asking the questions, but instead challenged them: “Whoever wants to be great must become a servant.”
I promise not to take you on a political adventure during the next few months, as one’s political point of view is as personal as the way individually we express our belief in God. And, I will not ask anyone to exit his or her mind box to “dangle” with me, but feel free to join me.
Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of a mind that is free to explore the different ways to serve you. Amen.