By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor
Did you hear the story about a ceramics teacher who graded his class by dividing into two groups? One was to be graded by pure quantity; fifty pounds gets an “A”, forty “B” and so forth. The other class on quality; just one project needed at the end. When grading time came, an unexpected thing resulted. The superior work was done by the quantity group. This group had the freedom to experiment without the fear of repercussion. The other group sat around talking about theories of ceramic making. At the end of the term, most of the students in this group ended up making nothing.
Theologically this relates to us in our faith journey. Jesus calls us to “take up the cross and follow him daily.” Usually we think of this as pain and suffering related to living out our faith. The act of carrying the cross could also signify our willingness to show that in the eyes of the world, we have failed and been rejected. Our values are incongruent and even offensive to society’s. If we’re already carrying the cross because we’re already in Christ, what more do we need to worry about achieving and succeeding?
One of the goals I have for youth and children at Trinity is to help them develop healthy and positive perspectives to what society perceives as ‘failures.’ I realize that our students are under tremendous pressure to ‘succeed,’ and hope that Trinity’s discipleship guides them to journey in Christ without fearing failure. As we begin 2017, I want to remind us to do church with great quantities of interaction, experimentations, encouragements, and most of all, love. I wish you wonderful New Year!