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THE MORE EXCELLENT WAY
I remember a sermon Ė years ago, in fact I think I may have preached it during my time here as an intern Ė where my opening illustration was the difference between the way my father chopped wood and the way I chopped it. You may remember the scene Ė me as a skinny 18 year-old trying to impress my forty-five year-old dad by going as fast and hard as I was able. I would swing with my whole body, big looping strokes as fast as I could until I was forced to pause, huffing and puffing. I would swing five or six or seven real hard times and then rest for a minute or so before going on.
But my dad, my old, out-of-shape dad who I was certain I could work circles around Ė he established a rhythm, taking his time. He used measured, slow, controlled swings Ė steady as a drum beat. While I was huffing and puffing, he was steadily thudding away, breaking log after log and stacking it neatly into the woodshed. By the time mom called us for lunch, dad had outpaced me, stacking twice as much wood.
You know, what I learned that day was a more excellent way. Not just a more excellent way of chopping wood, but a more excellent way of approaching life. If we were to break-down the reasons for why my dadís approach is so much more excellent than my approach probably last on the list of reasons would be that dadís way was so much more productive. Although in a world where utility or usefulness is considered the greatest virtue Ė letís face it, we like things that work well and honor those who are high capacity type-people Ė in that kind of world, you might think productivity would be at the top of the list, but that really isnít what makes dadís way more excellent. It has to do with what is in view, what motive drives the work.
You see, I was interested in impressing Ė I wanted props for how strong I was, how powerful my swings were, how fast I was. I wanted someone to notice that I was a fine physical specimen who split the daylights out of the wood. I was interested in showing my dad that I was better than he was at splitting wood, that I was the future and he was the past.
Now all this is really hilarious if you know that I was 5í10Ē and weighed a whopping 120-125 at the time. I may have been 130, but that was about it. I was not a fine physical specimen Ė I was skinny little punk who obviously thought way too much of himself and way too little of my dad. I was focused on what the work could do for me, where as dad saw his work as service. The family needed wood for the stove Ė dad chopped wood. His satisfaction came from seeing his family warm Ė thatís what motivated him.
Dadís desire to provide fueled his effort and informed his approach to the wood pile. He knew it didnít matter how fast you swung the axe Ė what mattered is how well you placed the stroke. If you wanted to have the wood split and put away before winter came, slow and steady won the race.
"Productivity is closely tied to morale, and morale is a reflection of how people see themselves. If you can improve your employees perceptions of themselves, you can improve their moraleand thereby boost productivity."
Hes the kind of bore whos here today and here tomorrow.
PLEASE DONíT RETIRE
Weíve got a dangerous practice in America called "retirement." Itís a blessing in some ways, but itís also dangerous because it implies that your productivity stops when you get to be 62 or 65. Itís dangerous in the church because people look forward to retiring so they can get out of all responsibility and relax and travel. While you may want to refocus your interests and redirect your involvement in the church, donít quit. Donít drop out of all responsibility. Donít turn it all over to the younger generation. We need the vitality of youth, but we also need the example and the wisdom of those who are older. If you came to Southeast Christian Church during the week, youíd be inspired by many retired people who perform invaluable service to this church. Every Monday morning, one of our older Sunday-school classes, the Friendship Class, comes in and cleans the sanctuary. Some pretty sophisticated people are picking up gum wrappers, straightening up the books. Retired people are working in the yard, maintaining the vehicles, serving on the Tally Committee, setting up chairs, cleaning the sanctuary, greeting at the door. They have taken the focus off self and put it onto service. The Bible has many examples of people who kept enduring until the end. Abrahamís wife Sarah was 90 when she gave birth to Isaac. Moses was 80 when he led the children of Israel out of Egypt. Caleb was 85 when he conquered the hill country in Palestine. Simeon was an old man in the temple when he held the baby Jesus in his arms. History has all kind of examples that people donít lose their purpose when they turn 62. Picasso was past 75 whe...
"Take action. Procrastination is the death blow to self-motivation. I'll do it later...after I get organized is the language of the unsuccessful and the frustrated. Successful, highly motivated men and women don't put it off. They know their lives are no more than the accumulation of precious seconds, minutes, and days golden moments never to be recaptured."
"If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing. And from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking and from that to incivility and procrastination."
Procrastination is opportunitys natural assassin.
A CLEAR PICTURE
There is a painting in a palace in Rome by Reni. It is painted into the ceiling of the dome, over 100 feet high. To stand at floor level and look upward, the painting seems to be surrounded by a fog that leaves its content unclear.
But, in the center of the great dome room is a huge mirror, which in its reflection picks up the picture. By looking into the mirror you can see the picture with great clarity.
Jesus Christ, born in a manger at Bethlehem, is the mirror of God. In Him we see a clear reflection of the Father. Jesus said, íIf you have seen me, you have seen the Father.í
No power on earth has done more to tame the hostile forces of humankind, and cause us ...
Every mans greatest capital asset is his unexpired years of productive life.
"Excessive worry, or what I call toxic worry, can make you sick, it can cut down your enjoyment of life, and it can hamper your productivity. Toxic worry is bad for every system in your body: it increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes, it impairs digestion, it causes shortness of breath, it causes all kinds of musculoskeletal aches and pains, [and] it produces headaches and migraines."