Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ground Idle

In less than one month, the DFUMC youth choir will have traveled and returned from its annual music mission.  This year, we're headed to Washington DC by way of Charlotte, NC and returning by way of Raleigh, NC.  Final preparations are under way.

The theme of the concert is "Worthy."  As usual, I have provided the "About Our Mission" part of the program below so you can get a better idea of what it's about.  Enjoy!  We leave from church on Sunday, June 7!

“I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised.”
—Psalm 18:3a
Today there is unprecedented competition for your time and financial resources.  The phone rings, and the caller would like to know if you will support medical research or the local fraternal order of police.  When it is your turn to pay at the supermarket, the cashier asks if you’d like to support March of Dimes or any of a hundred different causes.  Or perhaps you attend a concert where an offering is taken to benefit a certain program like foster care at the United Methodist Children’s Home (a completely random example, of course!).  Make no mistake.  Each one of those causes is worthy.
Still, at the end of the day, time and resources are both finite.  Each day you are forced to choose which causes are most worthy.  You have to choose where you will volunteer your time.  You have to choose whose name will be on the check that you drop in the mail.  Others will make other selections reflecting their own priorities.
In that way, worthiness is subjective.  It is less a statement of absolute value and more an indication of relative value.  It’s as if life is an ordered list with those things most important to you on the top.  While we may agree on a few items, our lists are like fingerprints, each unique from the time of its creation, and each revealing something of who we are.
But there are some things with absolute worth.  Charles Dickens called them “things that never die.”  “The pure, the bright, the beautiful that stirred our hearts in youth, the impulses to wordless prayer, the streams of love and truth, the longing after something lost, the spirit’s yearning cry, the striving after better hopes, these things can never die.”  These things that never die are the best in us.  They are the parts of us we celebrate.  They are the fruits of the Spirit.  They are good.  They are truly and inarguably worthy.  And they are the manifestations of God in our world.
In that way, God’s worthiness is not subjective.  It is not confined to the same list of importance as wealth or fame or even honor and dignity.  The things of God are elevated and absolute.  They are truly and uniquely worthy of our praise.