Make a Difference

My Covid cough (like many who’ve had it) is not going quietly into the night.  Though I’m well past contagious and feel fine, it sounds awful and sends people fleeing in public places!  Today was day 4 on a respiratory steroid with no improvement.  I got pretty impatient (roid rage?), so I decided to “go see a guy” downtown to get something to self-medicate…  It wasn’t whatever you’re thinking!

I went to see Danny, who makes and serves the finest chili you will ever savor at Guitar for Life Café in downtown Waukesha. It’s not merely comfort food.  It’s absolutely therapeutic and my tongue, throat, sinuses, and attitude are doing much better!

He calls me, “Pastor.” I’m thinking of calling him “Music-prenuer,” because he’s committed to making a positive difference in people’s lives through music.  He teaches guitar, creates venues for growing musicians, and serves up delicious food and welcoming hospitality at the café with Becky, his wife and entrepreneurial partner! Together, they organize, manage, and assume the risks of engaging in their enterprise.

Most human beings have a deep desire to make a positive difference for more than just themselves.  It’s part of everyone in being created and purposed in love by God.  

Enterprising with God and others to help human beings flourish and find fulfillment is the consistent theme of God’s love in the Bible.  From Genesis and Exodus all the way to the gospels, epistles, and Revelation; from Adam & Eve, Abraham & Sarah, and Moses, all the  way to Jesus, Mary, Peter, Paul, Lydia, us, and future generations!

Let’s fully enterprise in God’s love, sharing life with all the unique and amazing people (everyone) around us!

“Whoever wants to be great must become a servant.
Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave.
That is what the Son of Man (Jesus) has done:
He came to serve, not to be served-
and then to give away his life in exchange
for many who are held hostage.”
Mark 10:43-45

 

Love the Lord your God with all your heart,
all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.
The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no greater commandment than these.”
Mark 12:30-31