At coffee with Jackie this morning. We sat in a booth next to two men, one of which was seeking employment with the other. Both involved in ministry.
I could see the back of the potential employer's head...nodding and nodding. And we both could hear quite a bit of the potential hire's words...impressing, recounting, assuring, hoping.
Don't know what ever became of that encounter....but I came home and opened the word to the area of I Corinthians that is my current focus.
In a prior read I had penciled in the margin: "Apostolic resume."
These were the words of Paul, writing out his "resume" to the Corinthian church.
"I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. We are weak...we (are held) in disrepute...we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things." 4:9-13
Oh God, may we fulfill the calling that You have placed on us - no matter what. And may we put arm around those whose road may seem to be writing a similar resume.