The title of this post is a quote from Pee Wee Herman’s Big Adventure. In the scene of the quote Pee Wee is talking with a woman who has big dreams and goals but also has many reasons to not pursue her dreams. Everyone has those things in their lives that can hold them back from attaining their dreams. We need to move past those things that are holding us back, ridding ourselves of our buts and achieving all the potential God has planted within us.
Yesterday’s sermon was titled, “Yes, but…” The people that were being called to follow Jesus, in Luke 9:57-62, all answered , “Yes, but…” They indicated that they wanted to follow and then gave excuses why they were not going to follow. These excuses, the buts in our lives, interfere in our relationship with God effectively separating us from God. When we separate ourselves from God we lose touch with all that is good and right in the world. We begin to lose the ability to truly transform the world for the fulfillment of God’s kingdom on earth.
We are all being called to be in ministry, whether parish ministry as a member of the clergy or as a lay person reaching into their neighbors’ hearts and hurts. It is not uncommon to deny the call to ministry. It took me quite a while to truly accept and follow Jesus’ call into full-time ministry. Once I followed where I was being led the results were amazing. This is not to say that everything has been easy and stress free. The results of following are a deeper relationship with God in Three Persons and more meaningful relationships with my family, friends, and my neighbors. From these relationships, based in God’s love, spring forth the miracles of God. Jesus promised that we would do greater things and it through these relationships, that come from following where Christ is leading, that the power to do greater things comes from.
Jesus is leading and wanting us to follow. We are each being called into ministry. Bishop Joe Pennel refers to this calling as, “Being the priest to the person at our elbow.” In this calling we have no excuse. We need to follow the call, walking as Jesus walked, living as Jesus lived, and loving as Jesus loved. Let us all drop our buts, focus on Jesus’ back as he leads us forward into discipleship.
This is this pastor’s opinion, what’s yours?