Mission Statement

Cyber Sabbath's goal is to begin to mend the division between Christ and the world (society) that Church has created through reflections, sermons and devotionals

Cyber Sabbath is a place for the stifled Christian voice to be heard. Media gives way to much time to the extremist - over looking the theologically educated and/or the moderates in favor of what sells their view point. Here, politics aside, a pastor reflects on God's voice in every day life.

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Humor of Life

 Becoming a Pastor isn't just about a person deciding one day to just "do it." Instead it involves a process from God calling one, to responding to God, to sharing a journey with a denomination (and everything they ask) and also sharing the journey with a school.  While in seminary the school has several moments when they judge someone's readiness. 

Part of me has always disliked this process, who it is for us to judge who God is calling?  Part of me has always seen the true need for this process as I have met some people who were better serving God in other ways.  (yup, I judge too).  During the school part of this process some professors who didn't really know my husband and his journey to ministry were pretty judgmental.  In fact they put in road blocks.  Luckily for him he had a supportive denomination and God's favor (but that's a different story).  One of the meetings that was held during the mess, the professor said "when you look back on this in years to come, you will see we were right and you will laugh about this."  I told her  I would never laugh about this.   This was the least pastoral thing she could have said!

I am not laughing about it today.  However, I do believe that what happened to him had to.  Not because he wasn't meant for the ministry, but because without them doing what they did he wouldn't have had to fight for it and find his own call separate from mine.  They didn't know this at the time, we didn't know this but God did.  Because of their actions he ended up doing an extended internship with a church and a pastor that took a chance on having him when the school said no.  This internship shaped his ministry immensely.

There is a lot of life that is worth laughing about.  There is a lot of humor in both good and bad times.  But there is also a lot of our past that can be hurtful or painful to think about.  To brush away the bad in the past with humor doesn't live into how the past shaped who you are today.  Everything that has happened to us helped to shape who we are at this moment and at this time.  It brought us to this place and this moment; and God has been there the whole time. 

Although life can knock us down and people can misjudge our actions, if we have a relationship with God in which we trust, life can and will surprise us.  The school, representing God could have lead to anger at God - so many people confuse church actions with godly actions.  Yet it didn't lead to that instead it brought greater trust in God's plan. 

There are moments when the Bible, when church, when the authority of God can and should judge the actions of the people.  But there are plenty more times when people are allowing their own judgments to interfere with the will of God.  In those moments we cannot confuse the judge.  The only thing that is worth laughing at in hind-sight is that God has a plan for our lives - plans to uplift and prosper (Jer. 29) - plans that will and can supersede the intervention of well meaning humans.

Whatever path God has laid out for you - trust in it.  Even when others put blocks in your path; even when others change your course of direction; even when others invoke the authority of God,  put your trust in GOD. For the Divine Creator has a plan for you.  Don't allow those critics to define the Divine you know.  Don't allow others to put brackets around the Holy that you trust.  Don't allow others to define your worthiness in the sight of God.  For then and only then do you have the last laugh.  Not because of what happen, but because even they couldn't stop God. 

But most importantly, don't allow anger to help you walk away from God when your bone isn't really with the Holy but is instead with humans.  Jesus said come to me as little children, not because of how little their faith is but because of how deep their Spirit is.  They see and acknowledge the grandeur of God.  It is with age that we put restrictions around who God is or could be.  It is with age that we let anger for human actions to cloud the will of God.  It is with age that we let hypocrites define God instead of allowing our trust in the Holy to rise above. 

Allow your relationship with the Creator to rise above the world around you.  Allow your own faith to set you free to follow the Divine path set out for you - walking where God is calling you to.  Allow the "bad moments" to only define humans and steer yourself around the blocks that humans set before you.  Staying and believing in your relationship with the Divine will and does bring more blessings to your life.  It also shows you the humor in life is God always has a plan!