Wednesday: 3rd October, 2018
Reference text: Luke 9:57-62
Luke 9:61, 62 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
In some team building activities, different teams are given the same set of tasks to deliberate upon and arrange in order of decreasing priorities, albeit with the caveat: ‘you need to justify your order with convincing arguments’. These tasks often produce some amazing results and affords the opportunity to see how different people prioritize different things, even under the same conditions.
Jesus’ discourse with some is mentioned in the Gospel of Luke today, and his meeting with the person who wanted to go and say goodbye to his family is of particular interest. Even though it appears Jesus used a phrase that may seem discouraging, a minute to critically look at the circumstances tell another story. One would discover that He spoke about a very real possibility and not an aspect of rocket science.
This possibility can be encapsulated in the question: ‘What if in the process of going back to say your goodbyes, you get comfortable and opt to stay with what or where you went back to abandon?’ Beloved, however subtle or harsh it may be, every goodbye comes with it’s own pain. Hence, a proximity to that to which one chooses to leave behind, could make that task of saying goodbye a whole lot harder.
Nonetheless, Jesus is not solely interested in the actual goodbyes we have to say to ‘people’, but also to the ways of living, attitudes and habits we have cultivated over time. To wave goodbye to these, you do not have to indulge in them one last time before you make up your mind; All you do is to march on and look forward: to keep your hands on the plough and keep looking ahead.
Remember # put a distance between yourself and that which you wish to leave behind.