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Whatever Happened to……..?

In the 21st century, commitment is much less evident that in previous times.  There was a time that a person made life-long commitments to a job, their marriage, their local church, and to their community.  They believed in making a bond to a spouse and family so that through their lifetime they would be able to prepare children for life by providing a strong family foundation.  Their commitment to a company or vocation enabled them to build relationships that paid dividends over time as folks realized that a man’s word was valid and trustworthy.  His reputation within the church would place him in leadership roles that shaped the ministries, mission, and spiritual health of the congregation.

This generation is much different.  The attitude today is one of constantly seeking something new. Recently, I found this stat in an article on the internet.

Today, the average person changes jobs ten to fifteen times (with an average of 12 job changes) during his or her career.

      Many workers spend five years or less in every job, so they devote more time and energy transitioning from one job to another. In January 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the average employee tenure was 4.2 years, down from 4.6 years in January 2014.

      Job searching and networking, as well as, tracking and adjusting to job market trends, have taken on enhanced importance. Upgrading one’s employment status has become an ongoing process, rather than something you do once or twice during your career.

Fascination with a job, sport, marriage, or church is common, but soon can wear thin when the experience loses its “fun” factor.  One begins to feel the music is just not “like it used to be”, the SS class is a clique, and the preaching is not applicable to “my needs”.  When folks come and go, their lives have no lasting impact.  Sadly, when that is true in marriage, they do have an impact on children and the mate that was wounded….and the impact is negative.

How I admire those that see life’s responsibilities as commitments to be an outpost of God’s work wherever one is placed.  They determine to give their best for as long as God leaves them in that position and place.  Egypt was different because of Joseph’s presence. Israel was better for Moses’ tenacity.  Christianity is different because of Paul’s steadfastness.  We need that quality everywhere in God’s Kingdom’s service!

Three pastors got together for coffee one day and found all their churches had bat-infestation problems. “I got so mad,” said one, “I took a shotgun and fired at them. It made holes in the ceiling but did nothing to the bats.”

“I tried trapping them alive,” said the second. “Then I drove 50 miles before releasing them, but they beat me back to the church.”   “I haven’t had any more problems,” said the third.

“What did you do?” asked the others, amazed. “I simply baptized them,” he replied. “I haven’t seen them since.”   (Copied).