Key to Important

Isn’t it funny how a holiday means one thing to you and another to me? The world calls this St. Patrick’s Day, but in my family, it was all about my Mom’s birthday. Still is. She was an Icelander through and through, and she didn’t become Irish just because her birthday was on the 17th.

Mom was born in Manitoba and bravely took a train for the east when help was needed in a small arms plant during the war. She met Dad and got married within three weeks, settled into the role of farmer’s wife, raised four productive citizens, and got to spend some time in Florida.

Not much there of interest, one might say, but millions of us live just like that. The world would not collapse without us.

Do not despair of living a life of importance. We are important right where we are. The little everyday bits we do make all the difference in the world. Now if you still want to be important here are the directions…

But Jesus called them to [Him] and said to them, You know that those who are recognized as governing and are supposed to rule the Gentiles (the nations) lord it over them [ruling with absolute power, holding them in subjection], and their great men exercise authority and dominion over them.

But this is not to be so among you; instead, whoever desires to be great among you must be your servant, And whoever wishes to be most important and first in rank among you must be slave of all. (Mark 10:42-44)

Prayer – Lord, thank you for helping us to cling to your path to importance, not the world’s. For Christ’s sake. Amen

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