Friday, November 14, 2008

Laying His hands on each one,
He healed them.
~ Luke 4:40(NIV) ~

When someone interrupts your task
at hand for the sake of conversation,
how do you react?

If you relax and converse until
the chat has natural closure,
you're people-oriented.

If you squirm your way out with
a bombardment of verbal and
non-verbal cues, you're task-oriented.

Jesus spent more time with people
than in any other action. Though He'd
only three and a half years to train
12 men to change the world, He spent
most of His time meeting needs and
helping people amid the unbearable
pressure to perform tasks - and that's
the model He left us.

At the end of one of His busiest days
it's recorded that, "When the sun was
setting, the people brought to Jesus
all who had various kinds of sickness
and, laying His hands on each one,
He healed them."

What's ministry all about?
People or production?

Obviously much of our paperwork and
production is aimed at helping people,
but often there's precious little time
or energy left for the people because
we're so exhausted accomplishing all
those tasks! Whether we like to admit
it or not, paperwork, deadlines and
crowded diaries often preoccupy us and
create a barrier between us and
the opportunity of connecting with
people and meeting their needs.

Henry Nouwen writes:
"A few years ago I met an old professor
at the University of Notre Dame. Looking
back on his long life of teaching, he
said with a funny twinkle in his eyes:
'I have always been complaining that my
work was constantly interrupted, until I
slowly discovered that my interruptions
were my work."

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