LOOKING AT LIFE THRU GOD’S GLASSES: BIB or APRON? – Part 9
How can we experience the most meaningful life possible? Looking through human glasses, we see the answer as wearing a bib. Looking through God’s glasses, we see the answer as wearing an apron. Coach Willie Spears and I are writing a book together to be ready in October on this subject of the bib or apron.
Wearing a bib indicates that we are ready to be fed. We are waiting for somebody to give us something. We view situations as to how they might best benefit us. Wearing a bib and always being fed leads to obesity – which is terribly unhealthy, physically, emotionally, and psychologically.
Seeing ourselves wearing an apron means that we are looking at others. We are ready to serve. The biggest hoax in life is to think that we become happy when we get a lot of things for ourselves. The real truth is that when we truly use the gifts God has given us to serve, we discover the real meaning of life. Jesus said, “If you try to save your life you’re going to lose it – if you’re willing to lose your life in my service, you will find it.” (Matthew 16:25) Here are some examples:
Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the famous doctor, teacher, and missionary, was speaking to a group of students and told them, “I don’t know what your destiny will be. Some of you will perhaps occupy remarkable positions. Perhaps some of you will become famous by your pens, or as artists. But I know one thing: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”
Are you going down a dead-end street wearing a bib trying to find your life? You will only find life when you put on an apron and lose your life in serving Him who created you.
I love the Salvation Army and look forward to putting on an apron and ringing the kettlebells at Christmas. My dad, Si Mathison, was a great supporter of the Salvation Army. He received the highest award they give to volunteers. Frazer was a super supporter of the Salvation Army. One night, Frazer put together a talent show, sold tickets, and gave over $60,000 to the Salvation Army!
General William Booth was the founder of the Salvation Army. He went blind in his later years. His son, Bramwell, had to tell him that the doctor said he would soon be totally blind.
The General asked, “You mean I’ll be blind? Does that mean that I shall never see your face again?” His son replied, “That’s right, probably not in this world.” Then General Booth moved his hand across the table and grasped his son. “Bramwell,” he said “I have done what I could for God and for people with my eyes. Now I shall do what I can for God and for people without my eyes.”
Mother Teresa’s name is recognized throughout the world. There are roads, churches, universities, and cathedrals named after her. The United Nations General Assembly designated September 5, the day of her death, as the International Day of Charity. She has 5,000 sisters serving in over 120 countries who are following her example.
The best way to explain her popularity is her ability to serve. She said, “I see Jesus in every human being. I say to myself, ‘This is hungry Jesus, I must feed him. This is sick Jesus. This one has leprosy or gangrene; I must wash him and tend to him. I serve because I love Jesus.”
Take off your bib and put on your apron like Albert Schweitzer, William Booth, Mother Teresa, and Jesus, and discover the most meaningful life possible!
- Looking at Life Thru God’s Glasses: Obstacles or Opportunities – Part 1
- Looking at Life Thru God’s Glasses: Burdens or Blessings – Part 2
- Looking at Life Thru God’s Glasses: Stumbling Block or Stepping Stone – Part 3
- Looking at Life Thru God’s Glasses: Grumbling or Gratitude – Part 4
- Looking at Life Thru God’s Glasses: Problems or Possibilities – Part 5
- Looking at Life Thru God’s Glasses: I or WE – Part 6
- Looking at Life Thru God’s Glasses: Getting or Giving – Part 7
- Looking at Life Thru God’s Glasses: A Sad Situation or a Simple Solution? – Part 8
- Looking at Life Thru God’s Glasses: Bib or Apron? – Part 9
- Looking at Life Thru God’s Glasses: Negative Circumstances or Positive Responses – Part 10
- Looking at Life Thru God’s Glasses: Counting Points or Counting People? – Part 11