South Africa is a country where we enjoy our rugby. And when we watch rugby we get all emotional, we get involved in the game, and we become the referee. But we are refereeing from the side-line! As if we can see things the referee is missing, and as if we know some hidden rules of the game that the referee never learned? And to top it all, we are bad losers. If the referee doesn’t blow his whistle the way we want him to, we take on the ref and the game and the rules! Anything out of desperation to make our team the winning team. Even if the win is just a self-justified win.
I see so many people who just shrug their shoulders and say non-gallantly “It’s not my responsibility” I’ve been challenged these last few weeks on responsibility. What is your Christian responsibility? To put it plainly: what is your CREATION responsibility? Isn’t just to easy to say "It wasn’t me"? Pondering the meaning of the word itself, I realized I don’t really understand it completely. So trusty dictionary open I read:
(Starter to the Avocado Devotional. Click on the Bible Study tab to follow the Devotionals.)
At the beginning of Summer I decided that it was time to redo our garden! And ever since I can’t stop reading each and every story I can possibly lay my hands on regarding gardening. And coincidentally I read a discussion the other day about how to plant the pit of an avocado. How do you put it in the bottle, how much sun does it need and when can you relocate it to your garden?
Genesis 2:15 “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”
Have you ever thought about the enormous task Adam received from God? The task of maintaining the Garden of Eden. He wasn’t born a gardener, and he had zero background on gardening. He didn’t even know a flower stem from a grass root, and had no parents or friends to phone or SMS for help or guidance. He only had God (if you read Genesis 2, you will see that Eve was only formed after Adam received his instruction from God, so she knew nothing about Adam’s role in the garden). Yet, nowhere in Genesis will you find a verse where Adam is complaining about his work.
There is a saying that goes "don't judge me until you've walked a mile in my shoes". And although we know that it is true, do we really respect it? And do we really try to understand the other person? Their circumstances, their past, and their behavior? Or do we just put on our black judge robes, and ask for silence in our own court while we make a ruling?