I accomplished, three out of the four Father’s Day tasks – not bad. I even had a few accolades thrown my way. Definitely proud of myself. 75% success is still a passing grade. Anyway, the forth was more like a project than a task and it was an outdoors project at that. Even though it was only 90 degrees, it felt brutal. The heat index had to be off the chart. (So, I did the next best thing. I watched the Hallmark Channel. You have to love a happy ending. Okay, I’m joshing you. That is not true.)

However, Father’s Day affords me some bonus time on my thinking chair, which is also much more productive than watching the Hallmark Channel. Why not the fourth task/project? What caused me not to make it more of a priority? Take away the variable of weather conditions or even time restrictions, why did I choose not to accomplish this priority? Interestingly, the three tasks I did accomplish mattered more to others than the unaccomplished fourth task; while the fourth task was something that mattered more to me.  Perhaps that’s representative of my sensitivity and servitude but I realize there is more of a practical explanation.  The three tasks I did get accomplished were much easier than the one I did not. Whatever was easiest is what I got accomplished.

That’s where I paused. I wonder how true that may be as I live out my faith. Is it the easier stuff in discipleship that which I chose to most embody?  Is it the actions that least offend or are highly unlikely to disrupt that I offer so freely? How much easier is it for me to love kindness and to walk humbly God than it is for me to do justice? As I engage in the priorities of ministry and face forward into what it might look like in the near future, what will become more important for me, for us as the Beloved of Pine Shores? We are to do the easy stuff in discipleship as well as the not so easy stuff because God invites us to seek, to recognize and to intentionally take part in God’s activity in everyday concrete situations.

Scripture Reading:  Micah 6:6-8
“With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?  Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Reflection Questions:
What have you been meaning to accomplish?
What part of discipleship do you find difficult?
How do you engage in a ministry of justice?

Prayer:  Holy God, indeed you have shown me what is good, what is needed, what matters to you.  Let me walk with you on this path. Fill me with intention so that when kindness is necessary I will be present and when justice is required I will show up.  Amen.

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