One day a mother brought her teenage daughter to see me. The young lady did not ask or want to talk with me; but her mom had determined she was “rebellious” and had dragged her daughter in for a session so Pastor Jim could “fix” her. (sigh)
As I looked at the daughter, arms defiantly crossed in front of her, I asked what she thought the issue was; what had she done that had warranted this reactive visit? The girl explained that she had come home from school one day and when her mother inquired as to how the day had gone, she said it had been poopie (actually, an equivalent non-church word). Her mother had quickly become inflamed, yelling about how words like that were not tolerated in their home and subsequently restricted her until our session.
The rest of my time with this teenager was surprisingly effective. She was able to share that this particular event (and others like it) made her feel like how she behaved was more important than who she was. So when our session was done, and while the daughter went to the restroom, I invited mom to tell me about this situation. She quickly and excitedly told me how disappointed she was in her daughter regarding this behavior and how, as a good mother, she had firmly addressed it. I agreed with her that such behavior could not be overlooked and did need to be addressed; but then I stumped her with this simple question: “But do you have any idea why it was a poopie day?” And that was the end of that conversation.
Here are the cliché phrases that accompany the above interaction:
- Make the main thing the main thing.
- Do not major on the minors.
Sunday’s message centers around the significant and strong response Jesus gave to the Jews who were incredibly incensed that He had healed a man on the Sabbath. These Jewish leaders were so very upset that Jesus had instructed a man to pick up his mat on the Sabbath that they totally overlooked the fact that a man who had been an invalid for 38 years was walking. They were “majoring on the minors” and completely missed “the main thing.” It was an issue of priorities.
In preparation for our time of study this Sunday, let me encourage you to read the following verses:
- John 5:19-47 – here is the main thing, folks: I am God! Everything else is secondary.
This promises to be another powerful message. I hope to share the time with you Sunday!
“Lord, if you want to use me in any way today, I am available.”
Love God – Love Neighbor – Lead Others