Okay so I failed. I failed. I let someone down, and I failed. I am not perfect and I will never claim to be, but I must be better than I am. My group was asked to join with a 30 hour famine program which was to begin on Friday night last through the night then on Saturday the participants would go do service projects. The plan was to have the students who were interested in doing the overnight would make their way to the church and then go to the projects. The rest would meet up Saturday am and join for the service projects. I could only get one person to firmly commit to going. He went to the church Friday night and stayed the whole time. Praise God. However the rest of the students either had to work or had other committments arise. So there were no takers for Saturday.
My failure comes about by my lack of participation on Saturday morning. Since there were no other students going to participate, I slept in and caught up on my dreams. What I should have done was get in my vehicle and find the church and join the one student that had voluntarily did likewise on Friday night.
I started a sermon series on the book of Ruth. I took the route that it is a book about Redemption and redeeming people. Naomi, Ruth and Orpah were worthless people according to their societal structure. They were widows and had no direct male relatives there to give them value. Naomi lost her husband and her two sons to what I like to call sudden male death syndrome. She was headed back to her homeland where Orpah and Ruth who were Moabites would have even less worth, so Naomi told them to leave her. Orpah did just that. Ruth however gave her mother-in-law value by committing herself to live with Naomi:
1:16 But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.”
These words which have been made famous by weddings around the world showed a true commitment to another individual. By saying these words and committing her life to Naomi, Ruth effectively gave Naomi value and worth. My challenge to the students on Sunday was to find ways to give people value this past week. My failure was I did not value my one student who would have appreciated it. I should have gone this morning, but I did not. For this infraction I seek repentance. For this lack of valuing a student I ask forgiveness. Forgiveness from God, from others, and most of all From Carl. He is valuable and worth a lot in the Kingdom of God and LOGOS Student Ministries. Love ya man.
My challenge still stands: find a way to give value to people by committing time and resources to them.