October 28, 2020

Pastoral Nuggets: Others

Many years ago I heard about a man who was retiring after spending his entire working career with the same manufacturing company.

The company gave him a party.

At the party it was stated that during his career he only worked for two supervisors. Somebody asked which supervisor he enjoyed working for best.

Without hesitation, he called the second supervisor’s name. When asked why, he replied, “About halfway through my time with the company my momma became very ill. I had to take personal leave time to care for her.

On my first day back to work my first supervisor met me in the parking lot. He began to tell me how glad he was I was back, how badly things had went on my job while I was gone, how nobody could run my job like me, and just how happy he was that I was back.”

He continued, “Shortly thereafter the company changed my supervisor. Unfortunately, my momma got sick again and I had to take another personal leave.” Continuing, he said, “The difference in the two supervisors is that when I returned to work from the second leave, the second supervisor, just like the first one, met me in the parking lot.

However, the first words out of his mouth were, ‘How’s your momma?’  He was more concerned about how I was doing than how my job was doing!”

It is said that on Christmas Eve, 1910, General William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army was an invalid and near the end of his life. It was impossible for him to attend the Army’s annual convention. Someone suggested that Booth send a word of encouragement to the many Salvation Army soldiers in attendance and that it be read at the opening of the convention. Booth agreed. Funds were limited and telegrams charged by the word.

So, to ensure as much money as possible would still go to help the needy, General Booth decided to send a one word message. He searched his mind and reviewed his years of ministry, seeking the one word that would summarize his life, the mission of the Army and encourage the soldiers to continue on.

Gloom and pessimism swept across the convention floor when the moderator announced that Booth could not be present due to his failing health. The moderator announced that Booth had sent a telegram to be read at the start of the first session. He opened the message and read just one word: “Others!”

Jesus’ whole ministry was based upon others. Therefore, as with the second supervisor I mentioned above, or William Booth; to be successful we must be others focused.

The Bible teaches us in Ecclesiastes 11:1(KJV), “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.”

Solomon is teaching us to believe that ultimately, we will benefit from our good deeds. So, what’s my Encouraging Word to you today?

It’s simply this: Learn to be more genuinely concerned about people than your career or your job. In love, learn to invest into the lives of those in your sphere of influence. I promise; if you will, the investment will come back to you. Galatians 6:7(KJV) “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

By the way, when’s the last time you did a random act of kindness (anonymously) for somebody? You might want to think about that!

Brother Aaron

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