|Nov 24, 2012||1 Corinthians 13|
Date: January 28, 2017
My laptop had a software problem. Dialing an 800 number, I got Pam. Pam’s accent was a mix of British and East Indian. Pam works in Mumbai, India at night for an American company, talking with people like me on the other side of the earth whose PC’s have problems. Pam wasn’t her real name, which was… well, I never could pronounce it, which is the reason she calls herself Pam.
Pam asked if I tried: re-booting? – yes; de-fragmenting? – yes; repairing the software? – yes; un-loading then reloading the software? – yes; unloading and reloading in Safe Mode? – yes; “That’s the extent of my PC repair knowledge,” I confessed.
She laughed, “It’s okay. We can’t be experts in everything. Your laptop has a complicated problem, but we can fix it,” and within an hour, using my hands and her brain, we did.
Trusting an expert to help us is what we sometimes must do. We outsource aspects of our lives – car repair, the education of our children, law enforcement, and surgery, just to name a few. We can’t be experts in everything.
For instance, we can outsource God – that’s right – God. Once a week we can temporarily place our relationship with God in the hands of experts. There we can sit and listen as a local clergyperson helps us deal with spiritual and life issues. They’re the ones with training, experience, and know how, but for the rest of the week – it’s up to us.
Let’s Pray: Dear God, thanks for Your clergy who study, learn, and work for You, making it easier for us. Amen.
Here’s a Thought: We need each other.