Once the eminent philosopher John Dewey found his son in the bathroom. The floor was flooded and he was mopping furiously trying to contain the water in that room, keeping the damage to a minimum. The professor began thinking, trying to understand the deeper ramifications of the situation. After a few moments, the son said, “Dad, this is not the time to philosophize. It is time to mop!”
The same is true at times in the Christian life. No doubt, there is a time to study, to reflect and think deeply. But there is a time to mop – to put our faith into practice: when we see others in need… when a friend or co-worker is going through a difficult time… when our resources could make a difference….
In his first letter, John wrote, “How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses to help? Little children, let us love not in word or speech, but in truth and action.”
Friend of Dial Hope, my prayer for you today is for a balance. May you always find ways to be fed spiritually. But then, refueled and refreshed, may you put your faith to work.
Martin Luther King Jr once said, “The time is always right to do what is right!”
Let us pray: Loving God, my prayer today is especially for those who need to be fed – literally and / or spiritually. I lift up to you those who are lonely, or broken, or hurting, or hungry. Use our gifts, our lives and our prayers to bring your healing, wholeness and peace. We ask in Jesus name. Amen.