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On the Chopping Block

The Daily Selectionary

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Today’s Readings:

Daily Office Readings: (AM) Psalm 20, 21:1-7(8-14); (PM) Psalm 110:1-5(6-7), 116, 117   
Isa. 43:1-13; Eph. 3:14-21; Mark 2:23-3:6 

Eucharistic ReadingsHeb. 4:12-16
Psalm 19:7-14; Mark 2:13-17


On the Chopping Block

Christopher Hodge


Ephesians 3:14-21

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,* 15from whom every family* in heaven and on earth takes its name. 16I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, 17and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 18I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.

                We have all found ourselves on our very own chopping blocks at one time or the other.  We are all born into this world and are given special gifts and talents.  Our dreams of who we wish we would become are birthed out of these gifts from God which he has placed within us.    Yet, so many times these desires lay dormant.  They may hold a prominent place in our lives while we are still playing as children.  A young girl who pretends that she is a famous singer may have a talent that could propel her to indeed become one later in life.  A young boy who spends his time alone in his room creating objects from his Play-Do could be exercising a talent that he could use later in life to become an influential artist.  Children do all sorts of things, and many times we pass their play time away as just kids being kids. 

                Maybe this is where our blocks come from as adults.  Somewhere during our passage into adulthood we were forced to throw away our passions because we were told it was time to grow up; to leave our play time behind us and to find a suitable trade that will give us money so we can get married and raise a typical American family.  After all, digging around in clay will not feed our kids, or buy the new washing machine when it goes kaput. 

                Most of us have given up on the things that make us happy, that make us become ourselves for the sake of popular conformity.  Even though we kicked off our ballerina slippers and hid our colored chalks in a drawer to become doctors, electricians, lawyers and automobile mechanics, at the end of the day there is something nagging at us making us feel that we have somehow let ourselves down.  We may watch a movie or read a book and find ourselves become instantly depressed.  There was a character we related to that was performing a work and lived a life that we strongly desired we would have done.  We go to sleep and wake up the next day and leave those desires behind for the sake of our “safe” jobs.

                There is no doubt in my mind that these inklings within us are formed before the beginning of our first cry.  God had a plan in mind for each one of us and has given us the tools necessary to see that we make it happen.  We may think that it is easier said than done.  But as long as we hide our talents and our gifts from ourselves and from the world, we will always have that constant nagging in our hearts prompting us to wonder what could have been. 

                Are you doing what you are supposed to be doing?  Are you fulfilling your dreams?  I admit that I am extremely guilty of placing my gifts on hold.  Now, at 34, I have finally embraced them again and I am finding that there has been an explosion of energy within my spirit.  I am getting back in touch with that child who used to be free.  ”Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine.”  The old cliché that it is never too late is entirely true. 

                Let us make a commitment to each other that we will schedule a play date with our inner child sometime this next week, maybe even today.  Have a tea party with the younger you and have a conversation with her.  What part of your talk opened you up?  What do you want to be when you grow up?  Can we make a commitment to ourselves to allow ourselves to become what God set out for us to do?

Daily Scripture readings are taken from The Revised Common Lectionary and can be read in full at  NRSV translation of the Holy Scriptures.  Please feel free to pass along this devotion to whomever you feel may benefit from it. – © Christopher Hodge  2011   email: