(I am writing this in response to Michelle’s Nov. 2 challenge “unassuming diversions.” My memory bank holds in honor a college president who was not too great to be humble. His official business made room for “humble diversions.”)
I Tim. 1:12 “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.” How blessed to be appointed to do a service for Jesus!
I’m remembering a man of God, W. R. Corvin, a learned man of high intellect, great ability, and wide-spread influence. He hired Sammy, he pastored me, he dedicated our son, but the most touching testimony he left with us is that of a college president who picked up the trash on the lawn as he walked from his house to his office. Which of those activities would we label “meager?” Picking up trash or being college president? How arrogant we are to judge some “services” more noble than others!
Consider this quote by John Newton, composer of Amazing Grace: “If two angels were to receive at the same moment a commission from God, one to go down and rule earth’s grandest empire, the other to go and sweep the streets of its meanest village, it would be a matter of entire indifference to each which service fell to his lot, the post of ruler or the post of scavenger; for the joy of the angels lies only in obedience to God’s will, and with equal joy they would lift a Lazarus in his rags to Abraham’s bosom, or be a chariot of fire to carry an Elijah home.”