Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How Important Are You?

 “I’m most important. I represent the future, because without me there is no future!” declared the baby.

“But nobody would be here without us,” countered the parents.

“I’m most important because I help people to recover from illness,” said the doctor, who was silenced by the garbage collector’s reply: “I prevent more diseases than most doctors cure!”

This role-play session also featured sports stars, tycoons, celebrities, inventors, politicians, scientists, tradespeople and other workers. We all stated our case for importance, and a few laughs and groans met some of the defences. But some “Aha!” moments showed that some folks suddenly found new insights about those they had previously ignored.

At the close, we were all asked to stand in a line from greatest to least importance.  

Where the line should start was a real hurdle – until the guide got us into a circle, which had no starting or finishing point. That’s when everyone’s importance hit home, despite our tendency to measure ourselves by income, prominence, appearance, performance or seniority.

These criteria are all subject to changes beyond our control, so it helps to personally tap into God’s permanent perspective.

The Bible opens up the truth behind His perspective, but Jesus came personally to live out that truth in flesh and blood terms. By sharing His wisdom and healing power among the most unlikely people, He extended an invitation that still holds: for us to look beyond superficial assessments and help others to discover their value and to explore their potential.

Noel Mitaxa

On behalf of a church near you

Inviting you to explore God’s love.   

 

Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to the Disciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996.

Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally.  Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs.

He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!

He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren.

His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helping unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them.  The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians.  He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX.

 

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