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Who Are the People?

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Sep 13 in Musings
Our Hollywood culture pumps out celebrities by the truckload. We etch their names onto sidewalk stars and placard their portraits on four-story billboards. It is in the very DNA of our environment, the propensity to place people on tall pedestals. But this week I found myself wondering- who do I really look up to?

My musing continued at a Personnel Team meeting at Hollywood Presbyterian Tuesday night. We began the meeting with a devotional look at Micah 6:6-8, which ends with the famous eighth verse (NRSV):

“He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
   and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?”
As our group discussed the text, I thought about this three-fold admonition to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God. My thoughts settled not on famous personalities, but on people I know- ordinary people who live out these things day in and day out. These folks will never be etched and placarded, but live such compelling lives they inspire me. I thought about a mentor from long ago, and decided to call him. We talked for over an hour. I’m drawn to his humility. He isn’t driven by a need to be needed by others. He demonstrates a recognition that he is not the center of the universe. He leaves room for other people, and is attentive to God’s quiet calling.
I kept looking around my life. I remembered some friends who have adopted two children from at-risk backgrounds, and the loving kindness they pour into their parenting. I thought of another friend who has labored in an urban setting for decades, prayerfully advocating for opportunities and justice for people trapped in poverty. And I reflected on the quiet life of a woman who spent most of her eighties visiting her Alzheimer’s stricken husband in a care facility each day, combing his hair and feeding him lunch.
These ordinary people are living out extraordinarily compelling lives. The character God is forming in them is so attractive. Very few people will ever know of them, or how they are impacting our world with humility, justice and kindness. Yet, they are “the aroma of Christ” and others are inexplicably drawn to them.   
Who are these people in your life?  Look around...they may be right beside you.
     See you soon,
            Pastor Dan

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