“They must be reverent before the mystery of the faith, not using their position to try to run things. Let them prove themselves first.” Titus 3:8-9
In one of my positions in a church, I was hired to work four months, and then there would be a review. I liked that concept. I could prove I could do the job and the church could prove that they were accepting and nurturing. At the end of four months, I met with the personal committee for open dialogue, “How’s it going? What more do we need to do to make you comfortable? Is there anything you’d like to discuss?”
Fortunately, the job was a great fit for the church and me. Not all of life is as good a fit. Marriages, for example, have no four-month review period. Neither does parenting. Yet, one who enters a new job has more experience in the work field than is possible for someone getting married or having their first child.
When I was in high school, I took home economics classes four years. During one segment of each year, we had curriculum of life study–first learning first about yourself, then relationships, dating, marriage, and child rearing. There wasn’t enough time to learn the details of how to handle stressful situations, but at least I knew there would be some in marriage and raising children.
Regardless of the training we receive in life, it’s never enough.
Lord, help us be reverent in all of life. Amen.