My Friend – by D.J. Higgins
My friend, I stand in judgment now
And feel that you’re to blame somehow
While on this earth I walked with you day by day
And never did you point the way
You knew the Lord in truth and glory
But never did you tell the story
My knowledge then was very dim
You could have led me safe to him
Though we lived together here on earth
You never told me of your second birth
And now I stand this day condemned
Because you failed to mention him
You taught me many things, that’s true
I called you friend and trusted you
But now I learned, now it’s too late
You could have kept me from this fate
We walked by day and talked by night
And yet you showed me not the light
You let me live, love and die
And all the while you knew I’d never live on high
Yes, I called you friend in life
And trusted you in joy and strife
Yet in coming to this end
I see you really weren’t my friend
“Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count! Everything that counts cannot be counted.” Albert Einstein
In life and in ministry one should guard against trying to live in a score keeping mode. I like keeping score in sports to get better and to know who wins at competition. I like to keep count when it comes to accounting in finances to be sure that my expenses don’t exceed my income so that my outgo will not be my downfall. But ministry and life is not competition and certainly not business. Life and ministry that count is costly and immeasurable by logical return on investment.
Life and ministry is too complex and too fragile to scale by a measurable and cold grafts. Life and ministry is about relationships, caring and compassion. You do for others because you care and love those who are connected to you. The moment you start to see others as an investment or a deficit is the moment you lose the relationship. Life and ministry is a journey people do together to help each benefit to the betterment of the other. It is not one sided and it’s is not business.
If you do life for the promotions, the positions and the profit then you will never have long lasting satisfaction. Live for those things and you never tap into the real thing of life and ministry.
Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and everything else will fall in place.