Satisfaction

9 Mar

 

 

 

“Yep.  He’ll be there tomorrow morning,” dad assured our neighbor as he returned the heavy plastic handset to its black cradle.

He and my brother had a man-to-(almost)-man talk about the mowing job that had just been settled.

Tim was 12.  I was 13 and almost a head taller than my brother, but I had become invisible.  Because I was a girl.  In my dad’s mind, girls didn’t mow lawns.

Without meaning to, my dad initiated me into what it meant to be a female in the last half of the 20th Century– not quite equal.  Never mind that my chores around home didn’t differ from Tim’s.  I carried logs for the fire every bit as big and heavy as my brother did.  I shoveled, painted, and even hammered alongside both of them, pulling my weight in sweat and sore muscles.  So when the first-ever paying job came along, being the oldest, I thought I’d have the first shot.

I was incensed.  I played the “it’s not fair!” card, and worked even harder to demonstrate the fact.  But I wasn’t the one who hopped on a bike the next morning headed for a $5 paycheck.  In retrospect I’m glad I wasn’t the one biking a couple of miles on a sandy road and pushing a mower during black fly season, but it still hurts when I remember what it felt like to be passed over without any consideration.

Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate… had Jesus flogged and handed him over to be crucified.  Mark 15:15

Before breakfast, Pilate’s work day began as all the Jewish leaders and an angry mob brought Jesus before him and accused Him of pretending to be God.  Pilate spent very little time on the case, asking just a couple of questions before he pronounced Jesus’ sentence and went on with his day.  Deep down, however, he knew Jesus was innocent.

Pilate’s greatest offense is not that he condemned Jesus to crucifixion, but that he spent so little of his precious time on the King of Kings standing before him.  He passed over him with little consideration.  His eyes barely paused on the bloodied face before resting on the object of his affection – the crowd.

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Heart check for Sunday

Leadership built on Truth and principles is hard work.   Bowing to the crowd is easier in the short term, but it almost always comes back around later like a cat-o-nine-tails, wreaking more havoc than the original issue.

What is my crowd?  On what is my attention fixed instead of Jesus?

What or who am I hoping to satisfy other than Him?

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      Thanks a lot, GSCC… for the encouragement, and for reminding me of this post this week. I just re-read it and will be thinking about Pilate’s misplaced satisfaction. I hope you’ll stop by often!

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