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2 years ago  ::  Jun 22, 2012 - 9:29PM #1
weberhome02
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First some back story.


†. Judg 7:1-8 . . Early in the morning, Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) and all his men camped at the spring of Harod. The camp of Midian was north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh.


. . .The Lord said to Gideon: You have too many men for me to deliver Midian into their hands. In order that Israel may not boast against me that her own strength has saved her, announce now to the people "Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead" So 22,000 men left, while 10,000 remained.


. . . But the Lord said to Gideon: There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will sift them for you there. If I say "This one shall go with you" he shall go; but if I say "This one shall not go with you" he shall not go.


. . . So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him: Separate those who lap the water with their tongues like a dog from those who kneel down to drink. Three hundred men lapped with their hands to their mouths. All the rest got down on their knees to drink.


. . .The Lord said to Gideon: With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the other men go, each to his own place. So Gideon sent the rest of the Israelites to their tents but kept the three hundred; who took over the provisions and trumpets of the others.


For the longest time I wondered why the Lord selected those particular 300 men and then it finally hit me that it wasn't that the men who drank on their hands and knees with their lips to the water were fearful because all the scaredy-cats had already been cut loose. Nor is there any indication they were they incapable or incompetent. What we're looking at here, I believe, is a lack of enthusiasm. The men who scooped up the water and lapped from their hands were raring to go and anxious for some action. But the ones who got down on their hands and knees and took their sweet time about it weren't. No, they were in no hurry at all because they regarded the upcoming battle as a chore no different than chopping wood, hoeing weeds, or doing the dishes. In other words: in their mind's eye "It's a dirty job; but somebody has to do it so what the hey; I guess we'll pitch in and do our part"


Some years ago my wife was asked to teach a 2nd grade Sunday school class for no other reason than that she was a professional qualified to teach K thru 6. Well, she took the job because the church's child education department made her feel guilty. My wife was competent enough, and capable enough; but her heart was never really in it and the first chance she got; passed the job on to somebody else and was greatly relieved to do so.


Moral of the story is: I see no shame in turning down a Christian service capacity if your heart isn't in it. In my opinion, that's an indication that Christ probably has another use for both you and your particular skills; especially something you can really sink your teeth into.


†. 2Cor 9:7 . . Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.


I think that principle applies in Christian service capacities too. If your heart just isn't in it; pass on the opportunity and look elsewhere to be of use to the Lord.


For example: I'm not really a singer; and for the first 32 years of my life made no attempt at it. But one evening at church, I took a short cut through the sanctuary on my way to a class for singles, and the choir happened to be rehearsing. So I stopped for a bit to listen to their heavenly four-part harmony and was absolutely taken in.


Well; long story short, one of the choir's men saw me in the back watching and listening; and later suggested I try out. So when I saw an announcement in the church bulletin for additional choir members, I approached the director and he asked me what part I sang. Well; heck what did I know about parts? So he punched a few keys on the piano and asked me to duplicate the pitch and it turns out I'm a bass; not a basso like George Beverly Shea, but a bass, which is a bit higher in range than the basso guys.


You know what? I never enjoyed myself so much in church as when I sang bass in that choir. I did it for two years and never missed a rehearsal, nor a concert, nor a Sunday morning. I could hardly wait to get there. My heart was really in it; and consequently threw myself into choir 110%.


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2 years ago  ::  Jun 23, 2012 - 9:31PM #2
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That is really awesome, Cliff! Seriously, I have been thinking about this sort of thing lately in terms of ministries I wanted to be involved with in my church. I'm currently involved in a healing intercessors ministry and wasn't sure if I was 'doing things right' because I never knew what to say when people would come up to our small altar to the side of the main one after they had taken the Eucharist...but then I read a book that said that it's not about 'doing it right' and/or about worrying if I saw things too differently to be of use...I'd heard that from other people too, and I'm kind of thinking that perhaps my 'different view' was something the ministry needed.


I was drawn to it because I know what it is like to need some sort of healing and be treated uncompassionately (discompassionately? Which is the word?). In terms of my view, in addition to praying I will often talk to the person separately to see if there's anything else I can do or if there's something I can say or share that would make them feel better. I'm told I have a gift with that, but I don't know.


Sorry to ramble, I just wanted to say that I really appreciate your posting this here and it gives a lot to think about.


Does your wife still teach at all? And I wish I could carry a tune in a way other than in a bucket...:)

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2 years ago  ::  Jun 23, 2012 - 11:40PM #3
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Jun 23, 2012 -- 9:31PM, Beautiful_Dreamer wrote:

Does your wife still teach at all?


Yes; she's stayed busy teaching in pre-schools and public schools practically ever since we met 32 years ago. Though she's certified in Oregon to teach K thru 6, my wife has restricted her career to K for several years now and will probably retire from the public school system as a kindergarten teacher. There's never a lack for little kids; especially since INTEL operates a monster facility in her district and they're adding yet another huge section to it as we speak.


You know, not everyone can handle kinders. Many of the upper-grade teachers in my wife's school are terrified of the little people and often ask my wife how she does it; but to her, kinders are just lovable little tots who need a mommy. Any woman with a mommy's heart can teach kinders. They say some things are "all in the wrist". Well; with kinders; it's all in the heart.



Jun 23, 2012 -- 9:31PM, Beautiful_Dreamer wrote:

I wish I could carry a tune in a way other than in a bucket


Put that one on your bucket list. (chuckle)


Seriously, choir is different than singing solo. I can't carry a tune either. In point of fact, my renditions of Bad Romance and Poker Face are pretty sad. But I got by in choir because I could at least hit the right pitch. With 90 other voices belting out their parts, you couldn't even tell I was there.


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2 years ago  ::  Jun 28, 2012 - 7:47PM #4
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Wow your wife must have a heart of gold...I can't even begin to imagine dealing with a whole mess of kids day in and day out.


I love kids but for some reason I don't know how to 'talk kid'. Meaning, when I was growing up my parents talked to me the same way they did to adults (most of the time, omitting certain words Wink)...so while I've done 'baby talk', it doesn't come naturally.

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