Archive for November, 2010

What is that to you?

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”
John 21:22 (ESV)

Many of us would not admit to being jealous of our more fortune family member, richer neighbour, more holy pastor or more talented musician friend. Rightfully so, maybe we really aren’t jealous. Maybe the reaction is more like resentment at what we have. How much of my discontentment with life stems from my perceived disparity between my more fortunate neighbour and my lot in life?

My lot often seems small. My lot often looks inferior. My lot looks like I have to put in so much effort just to make things happen when others have it dropped on their lap. Peter might have been feeling a pinch of despair after being hurt (v17) and being told that the road ahead would be difficult (v18). He was handed his lot (v19) and it wasn’t going to be easy or pleasant. He needed some comparison and some perspective that it wasn’t so bad after all (v20-21). Just maybe someone else had it worse or at least as tough as him.

Jesus answered his question with another question, “what is that to you?” If I could rephrase this question to 21st century language, it would sound like “what difference does his lot make to you?” He then proceeds to answer his own question with “You follow me!” That statement alone puts everything into perspective.

Regardless of where/what anyone else is, our responsibility is to follow Him. Where we are/what we are at any point in time is perfect to following Him with. No need to look around.

Principles

My life is guided by some principles which do not come from the bible (directly) but offer practical wisdom. They’re constantly swimming around in my head offering a different perspective. Most of them come from friends/family/mentors:

“It is cheaper to learn from someone else’s mistakes.”
“You are no better than anyone else. Never be judgemental.” – Pastor Leonard
“Better to be a private success and a public failure than a public success and a private failure.” – Daryl Tng
“Why not?” – Dad