Notes From The Chaplaincy

A New Year’s Thought

We all have one or more jobs to do. Some are law enforcement, others are fireman, some are doctors, some are school teachers, while some are pastors and many other fields. Not only do most of you have jobs that provide incomes for your families, you also do unsalaried work which involves you being husbands, wives, parents, grandparents, volunteers, or even good neighbors. However, what if you had only one job and one job only to do?
If you ever saw the movie “City Slickers”, then you will remember Curly who held up one finger and asked Mitch, “Do you know the secret to life? It’s one thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and the rest doesn’t matter.”
During the life of Jesus, the Gospels tell us that people were continually asking Him when the kingdom would come. He would tell them not to worry about when He would return but to focus on what they needed to be doing while they waited…. the one thing that really mattered.
In Luke 19:11 – 26, Jesus tells a story to the crowd that was following Him about a nobleman who was going away but would return. He gave an equal amount of money to ten of his servants and told them they had one job to do. That job was to invest the money until he returned, and then upon his return he would evaluate the job that they had been given. This story is a picture of each of us who have a real relationship with Christ. He has given us a job to do while He is away and that is to invest into His kingdom and be about His business. He has given us the talents, gifts, money, time, influence and much more to do this job so we can invest in lives and show others who He is by the way we live and act and respond to all our situations in life. Jesus has one task and one task only for us and that is to reconcile others to Him, 2 Cor. 5:18. He has called us to be ambassadors for Him and to do the ministry of reconciliation. So, as you make plans for the new year, remember to stick to the “one thing” God has given you to do while you wait for His return.

Chaplain Kinne Callaway


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