Practical Proverbial, from Mark, 19 May 2015

Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” Mark 7, verses 36-37.

This is nothing new:   it’s recorded in Scripture (before now) that Jesus healed, told the person he healed to keep mum about it, then the person went out and talked; let’s not rehash an old point.   Besides, what the people did is human nature, good or bad. Instead, let’s talk about one part of verse 37: “He has done everything well.”

When was the last time you did everything well?

I’m intensely proud of the team I’m helping to lead.   We just passed the half-way point on our project timeline and we are just over 50% complete.   That’s testament to the talents of good people and their hard work.   But they haven’t done everything well.

Over the weekend I set out quite a few chores to do and I got most of them done.   I spent time with my grandson and my wife & daughter (which isn’t a chore, mind you). I also weeded my garden, hung a few pictures, fixed 2 door locks, hung wind chimes, cleaned up wood, finished laundry and ironing, filed four months of business paperwork and a few other things.   It was a very full time, but I didn’t do everything well.

Sunday night, my favorite TV show, “Mad Men,” went off the air; series finale.   After watching it and reading any number of synopses, I find I like the way they ended the show.   Loose ends were tied up enough to where you’re satisfied.   The main character stripped away all the junk in his life and rebuilt himself (yet again), then (it is assumed) returned to write the most successful TV ad in history (the 1971 Coca Cola singers ad).   It was a great ending, but, again, the writers didn’t do everything well.

And yesterday morning, my wife and I had breakfast at my favorite breakfast place.   The food was good, but in a mostly empty restaurant, the service was a bit poor.   As you can imagine, they didn’t do everything well.

You can see where I’m going with this, can’t you? We expect things in our lives to be done well, and as fallible, fallen human beings, all too often we don’t do them well.   That doesn’t stop us from wanting others to be perfect; we simply cut ourselves maximum slack where our own efforts are in question. It’s even true of perfectionists.

How surprising it is, then, to happen upon someone named Jesus who did everything well, perfectly in fact.  Is it any wonder that, when people were amazed at Jesus’ words and actions, they would talk about it?   The same is true today.   When we let Jesus truly touch our hearts, nothing is ever the same.   He affects every aspect of our lives, even when it’s painful.   And when He does, we quickly come to see that He does everything well just like He did those thousands of years ago.   So well, in fact, that everything He does is for a good reason and never out of anger or hurt. That, too, is nothing new and it’s very much something to talk about!

Lord Jesus, I praise You for all that You do so well!

Read Mark 8, verses 1-13.

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