This will be on the back page of the bulletin at Fishkill United Methodist Church this Sunday, July 29, 2018 (10th Sunday after Pentecost, Year B).
A few years ago, I wandered into a meeting dealing with chemistry and teaching. A friend of mine quipped, “Well, speak of the devil!” What could I say but, “No, I work for the opposition.”
When you stop to think about it, I shouldn’t have had the career as a lay speaker and pastor as I did. After all, my training and background were in chemistry and teaching chemistry, areas that do not naturally lead to theological leanings (in fact, many think such a background would lead me away from such areas).
But I felt the call to lay speaking and the skills that I acquired as a chemist served to learn and understand other areas, and in that regard, allowed me to travel the roads of Kansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and New York.
When you think about it, none of the those who Jesus choose to be his disciples were qualified for the job. But sometimes you don’t want those who are “experts” in their field to take on the task of bringing God’s Kingdom to Earth. Each was called to that task, not because of what they knew, but because of who they were.
The same is true for us. We are called by God because of who we are. God then uses us, with the skills we have, to take us to new places in life. It isn’t so much that we ask God what can we do but, rather, when do we start?
By the way, I am also the tenor. Tony Mitchell