So now Israel, what do you think God expects from you? Just this: Live in his presence in holy reverence, follow the road he sets out for you, love him, serve God, your God, with everything you have in you, obey the commandments and regulations of God that I’m commanding you today—live a good life. Deuteronomy 10:12-13 (MSG)
This past Sunday Wendy and I did a short reader’s theatre type piece for church. In the piece I was referred to as “the old man.” I got a lot of grief for it on Sunday morning and people are still joking about it. The truth is, at this stage of the journey my hair is getting gray and I am one of the old men in comparison to the wonderful throng of young people in the service we attend.
Consistently being around those who are a few leagues behind me on life’s road, I begin to see in comparison how life and experience have begun to hone me. Some things in life don’t bother me the way they did before. Things that I think are vital are different than they were twenty years ago. My priorities and my perspective has changed since the days of scurrying around trying to figure out what it meant to be a man in my twenties and early thirties.
One thing I have learned is that when I am asked to participate in a project, to take a position, or begin a working relationship I want to know exactly what is expected of me. Where’s the job description? Let’s agree, before we begin, what you expect and what I will deliver. Almost every human conflict arises out of miscommunication, so let’s be clear before we enter into this relationship. Otherwise, this whole thing could go very badly.
I like that God boiled things down for His followers. When life gets crazy and I find myself feeling confused, my spirit is apt to blurt with frustration: “What is it you want from me, God?”
“Just this,” God whispers to my spirit, repeating what He’s told me before. Indeed, repeating what He’s been saying since back in the days of Moses, “Live. Live in my presence. Stick to the road and press on. Love me. Serve me with everything you’ve got. Be obedient. Live. Live well.”
Thanks, God. Thanks for the reminder. Nice job description.