Indifferent things – that’s the general meaning of this Stoic Greek word. It’s how I feel about political conventions. I was talking with one of my coastal brothers last night and he said his pastor used this word in a sermon on Sunday and he wrote it down to share it with me – thanks bro. It’s actually a word I have heard before. When we think about many of the rules, folkways, and mores of our world we know there are some things that are essential but many that are adiaphora – things that don’t make a difference. When I think of my schedule during the day all too often I end up working on things that distract me from the essential and critical work. You may feel the same way at times. Jesus once said, “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” (The Message – Matthew 6:30-33)
Last night hundreds of people gathered in our community to pray for our schools. This was essential work for me. We prayed for students, teachers, administrators, staff, school board members, and the community in general. Our intention is to have these several times a year. Thanks to Pastor Mike Sutton for helping to organize this event. The mayor intended to be there and pray but was called away at the last minute, a city councilman prayed, the superintendent of schools prayed, a student prayed, and even a home school mom prayed. We are battling so many problems with the rise of drug use, gangs, and hopelessness. Broken families and poverty threaten a generation. It takes a community to raise children and we want to make this a better community. We pray and we work for unity of purpose – these things are essential. It was great to see so many people of faith gathered for this important community event. I do hope and pray that more communities can experience such powerful kingdom building and life invigorating gatherings.
Look at your check list and put pray for your community’s schools and kids on the list for today.