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Inconvenience (or Mark 2, part 1)


Inconvenience.

I am not a fan.

But something stood out to me the last time I read Mark 2:1-12.

The story is basically this:

Jesus is becoming very popular and loads of people are coming to listen to him, see him, and watch what he might do next. So he is in a very crowded house talking with people. Four guys hear that he is close to where they are and they decide their friend needs to be brought to Jesus. They have to bring him because he is paralyzed and cannot walk on his own. So they carry him to the house- but the house is too full to get near Jesus. So plan B.

This is where it gets interesting. The guys decide to get on the roof of the house and remove the tiles that are the ceiling. Then they lower their friend down in front of Jesus.

Two things I can’t get past at this point in the story- First, they really had to go out of their way to make this happen. I know it’s great to do good things for a friend, but really, this was not convenient for them. Second, what was everyone thinking as tiles started moving overhead? This couldn’t have happened in just a split second. It must have taken a little bit of time. So what was everyone thinking? What was the house owner thinking? Why didn’t anyone speak up and say, “Hey, you guys want in here? You don’t have to pull the roof apart…” So what were they thinking?

On both sides I see an issue of inconvenience. It took a lot of work for the guys to get their friend to Jesus. Rather inconvenient. Their actions also interpreted everyone’s day. I am inclined to guess that no one offered to help them get into the house because it would be inconvenient for them.

So what do I learn from this? This is what:

Helping people get to Jesus is often “inconvenient.”

I don’t really think the guys anticipated that much trouble getting their friend to Jesus. It was not an easy task to get their friend to Jesus. But they were determined. They were sure if they got to Jesus, he would do something. But it took some work for them to get there.

But the value of placing their friend in front of Jesus outweighed any inconvenience.

The response of Jesus amazes me. Verse 5 says, “Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man…” The faith and the determination of the friends to get the paralyze guy in front of Jesus moved Jesus to act. This challenges me.

There are times that I find myself thinking I’m too busy or tired to spend time praying for someone (placing them in front of Jesus)- it feels “inconvenient.” But how can taking someone before Jesus be inconvenient? At least that is what I hear this story saying to me. The four guys did not allow a little inconvenience stand in the way of getting their friend to Jesus. So, seriously, what’s my excuse?

I don’t want to be part of the everyone in the house. It was not their faith that Jesus responded to. It looks like they allowed inconvenience to stop them from helping the guys get into the house. I don’t want to be part of them. So while somethings may be able to fall under “inconvenient,” I am learning to never think of it as inconvenient to help take my friends before Jesus.


One Year


Today marks one year that I have officially been Ontario Nazarene’s Pastor to Children and Families. So naturally, I’ve been reflecting on everything that has happened over this last year. Anniversaries kind of force us to do that… reflect and remember. I’m glad they cause us to do that. It causes me to think about what I have learned, the good moments, the challenges, and all that God has done. So here are a few of my thoughts about the past year…

  • Moving all your stuff from one place to another is really frustrating. Especially when you realize everything you own you purchased because it fit your previous place. Everything had a place to belong but after moving into a new place, nothing seemed to below anywhere! That was frustrating. But after a while, it seemed to start working out.
  • The smell of onions is the smell of money… at least around here anyway!
  • I have learned to appreciate something that I never thought I would since moving to Ontario. Running. I have never liked running, but over this last year, I have developed a great appreciation for it. I have learned so much through the process too. It’s amazing. And I can honestly say I never expected it.
  • Nothing says “Welcome Home” like a road sign that says, “Correctional Institution” this way…
  • Time really does fly by- and it’s not always fun. But time really does go quickly. In a lot of ways, it seems like I’ve been here for a long time. But on the other hand, it’s hard to believe a whole year is now complete. Which kind of leads me to my ultimate reflection for this past year…

Everything really comes down to making the most of every opportunity. Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

Life goes by quickly and what I have learned this year is that it really is worth taking the moment and just going for it. I have made some amazing relationships over the last year and been a part of awesome God moments. It amazes me. I think what it came down to was the choice to make the most of every moment. To make these moments count in view of what really matters- eternity.

We may be in unexpected places in our lives. (I can honestly say I never expected to be where I am at!) But making the most of every opportunity makes the place (or circumstance) fade in light of what God can do with that moment. I think that often God is waiting to do amazing things for us, and through us, if we will just take the moment we have, commit it to Him, and make the most of it. That’s what I’ve been learning. And that is how I hope to live in this next year….


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