While It Is Day

While It Is Day

RiverWalk Church of Christ Wichita Ks  Minister

There are times…and then there are times.
This week is one of THOSE times. One of those times when the urge to just up and quit is very tempting and very strong.
You see, it’s been kind of a rough two or three weeks. I’ll not bore you with the details, but suffice it to say that both my wife and I have obtained the great majority of our food sustenance these last couple of weeks outside of our home. That’s very unusual for us. I don’t remember the last time we sat down together at the table to eat a meal at home.
Work has been for the both of us a kind of a jumble of things that together seem to make a kind of a maze that we struggle to get ourselves out of. For me, member illnesses, the needs of those who come into the office from outside, the press of deadlines, the sheer number of meetings and other responsibilities…well…it’s taking a toll on this almost 68 year old man.
And then our son and his family are remodeling their home, and I’m trying to help them as best I can. My wife is helping with the grandkids as best she can. And when we do get home, we just sort of fall into our chairs and veg out until bed time. I’m not sure how much longer we can do this, but we’re giving it our best shot.
So I think that just up and resigning from the human race (so to speak), might not be such a bad idea. There will always be more need than we can fill. There will always be something else we need to do…someone else who has a problem. Why do I need to worry myself about someone else’s issues?
And then I look at the wall opposite my desk. It is filled with pictures of people (mostly). People who I call my heroes. Ordinary people, most of whom live and work right here in the Wichita area. I look at the pictures and I think about what their days and weeks must be like. I think about what they are doing today…right now…that is difficult and demanding. I think about what I know of their lives and how they too have to cope with bodies that aren’t perfect, families that don’t understand, a work environment that is toxic, and people situations that defy explanation.
Yet they persist. They continue. They carry on. They put one foot in front of the other and they keep going. Will they fix all of the problems that come their way? Of course not. Will they breeze through today with no issues? Hardly. Will they give up? No, never.
And I must not give up or give in either. While it is day, we work. While God gives us strength, we work. While there is a creation to be redeemed, we work. While there are souls to save, we work. Soon enough will come the night when work will cease.
Excuse me now. I have to get to the work of the day.

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  1. Steve Gardner
    Posted January 4, 2018 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jay,

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