You are the light on the Road…
The world will often complain that there are “too many chiefs and not enough Indians” or “too many cooks spoiling the broth,” but in the Church we can have some variations on those sayings: Too many “planters and not enough workers to gather in the harvest” is one that comes to mind. (Luke 10: 2)
The world could be right in the sense that “the chiefs” are not encouraging the “Indians” or that we have so many people cooking in the kitchen that what they produce doesn’t give the listeners the nourishment they need! The chiefs build mountains the Indians can’t climb up or dig valleys so deep there is no escaping the darkness and their teaching is so confusing that not even the latest sat nav can navigate the twists and turns.
I don’t intend to be cynical, but if I follow the Advent road the world builds it will take me forever to get to Christmas because so many people sit at the feet of Jesus and come away with a different understanding of what he says. The cooks in the kitchen ruin the recipe because they don’t know which sister, or brother, to believe. If you don’t believe me look at the number of books written on the same christian theme, or listen to the number of different sermons on the same text and if you manage to get to the top of the mountain please let me know.
We can spend so much time digging for our treasure chest of knowledge for our heads that we lose ourselves in the valley of darkness, when we could follow our hearts down the straight road that leads to the Light of Christ. Advent IS our straight road to the Lord with Hope, Peace, Joy and Love joining hands to reveal the Light. After finding the Light in the stable life gets better, but tougher, because then WE become the light. That should mean that many of us are a light on the Advent Road and leading the way so please be encouraged to be a leader, because that’s what you are. It doesn’t need a great book to inspire you, just a few words from a speech by Nelson Mandela crafted from a poem by Marianne Williamson, ‘A Return to Love.”
“…Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
You playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
A lot of Indians are doing much more than the chiefs because the best leaders are those who don’t know they are leading. When we commit to our faith we become a leader, or disciple, and you might not know it but it is your light that will lead people to find Jesus and get to know him. Keep shining on the Advent Road and people will follow you — but you might never know it! YOU can also help the cooks get the recipe right!
I am sorry that Zoom let us down yesterday morning with at least nine people hoping to join the service from home. If you want to see the message I shared here is the link https://youtu.be/Fbqu7sVyv8w
I have heard so many people saying that football isn’t football without the crowds that I am wondering what the game was that I used to play in the park every Sunday morning! There were goal posts, corner flags, two teams, two halves of 45 minutes and the idea was to score more goals than the opposition! There were no crowds so I wonder what the game could have been called?