Pastor’s Pen: Paint on … together
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27). Everyone who is follower of Christ is working together. Sometimes we need a reminder of that.
While in Brazil, we were taken to an orphanage and told to paint a wall around the playground. It was a little less than waist high and seemed long, but doable. I began rolling the inside of the wall. Due to the height I spent a lot of time bent over, making my back pretty uncomfortable. It was also hot out there in the Brazilian sun. It wasn’t until after lunch that the wall was finally finished. My back was so sore that it took a little extra time to straighten it out. My hand was frozen in the shape of a roller handle. I was hot, tired and a little grumpy; but the wall was finally done and I was glad to be finished.
At that moment Dave, the missionary, said, “The paint looks a little weak. Do it again.”
My mind went through all things I wanted to say at that moment, “What are you thinking! It’s a playground wall not the Hyatt! It seems good enough to me. I’m not doing that again. You’re crazy!”
That rant in my mind didn’t last long because one of my teammates, Andy, said, in the only way he can, “OK, boss, we’ll get right on it.”
Those few words pierced through my mental comments like a sword. I was so focused on myself that I didn’t think about the fact that this wasn’t MY project … WE were working on this TOGETHER. Twelve others had been painting all day as well. Their backs were sore. They were hot and tired. But they continued to press on.
Knowing I had brothers and sisters in Christ ready to continue on with me through the difficulties encouraged me to continue.
When going through trials never think that you’re “the only one left”. (1 Kings 19:13-18). God has an entire army of followers of Christ involved in the same battle. Let that encourage you to “Stand Firm” (1 Corinthians 16:13).