Billy Frank was the son of a farmer. Every morning before the sun rose, he was rousted out of bed to perform chores. The moment he finished his chores, he would sneak off to the barn to read a book. Stories about missionaries intrigued him the most. Eventually, Billy Frank went off to college. There his interest in missionaries showed itself every time one came to campus. He would visit them, run errands for them, and spend as much time as they would allow listening to their stories. Given how he felt he had been uniquely created by God, he quickly settled on what he believed God wanted him to do with his life. So he stopped using just his first and middle name, and Billy Frank Graham began to speak to crowds about God. As a result, untold numbers of people were introduced to God. But think what would have happened if Billy Frank had chosen make a big deal out of God by worshiping him not just in church services on Sunday but also in everything he did on every day of the week back on his parent’s farm.
Last Thursday, our son Stephen went to Joint Base Andrews to inquire about the possibility of becoming an Air Force lawyer. While there, he went through interviews with different officers, and at the end of the interviews was told that their recommendations would be forwarded to a selection board for a final decision. In the last interview, the officer conducting it said “If you had 30 seconds to make a pitch to the selection board, what would you say?”
In the book Cure For the Common Life, Max Lucado shares some information about modern life in
America that is truly eye-opening. For despite how great a nation we claim to be, when asked in
polls about the particulars of their individual lives:
• One third of respondents repeatedly have said “I hate my job.”
• Two thirds of respondents repeatedly have reported “I don’t feel I’ve found my
Here’s two statistics from the American Medical Association to add to those polling numbers:
• Most suicides occur on Sunday night.
• Most heart attacks occur on Monday mornings.
And if you think that information seems off, or isn’t true, all you have to do is turn to Facebook to
see the memes that people post on a regular basis that declare how much:
• They hate Mondays
• They can’t wait for Fridays
• They endure grueling weeks of work merely to get to their annual vacation
As we ponder what God might be saying to us through the scriptures that were read today, I invite you to look at one of the video screens. In the center of the screen there are four dots. For the next minute, I invite you to stare directly at those dots.
As I move to the next screen, tell me what you see. If you have been staring at the dots, you should see a picture of a man that resembles what Jesus may have looked like. In the prior picture, he may have been hidden, but now you probably see him. This picture is more than just an optical illusion however. It is also a parable. For in that picture, we see our human plight. That is because try as we might to see God in the world around us, we often don’t. And even when we do manage to see God in the world around us, our sighting of Him is often blurry and fleeting. We heard this spoken about in the passage from the gospel of Mark.