Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Worthy, Worthy, Worthy- Backpacking though Joshua Week 2

This week my Fellow Backpackers and I are reading in Joshua 2 about how Rahab helped Joshua's spies because she had heard about how great their God was. We are focusing on the characteristic of God that He is Worthy.  I am hoping that knowing God is WORTHY (deserving) of our good behavior and praises will compel me to live in a way that will cause others to want to praise Him. It reminds me of a story...

When my son was small and cute and in Tae Kwon Do,  (now he is not small, not in Tae Kwon Do, and a different kind of cute) he had a really cool instructor who also happened to own the studio.  Before one of their competitions, Mr. W had a very serious talk with the kids:
Can someone tell me what the patches on your backs say? Mr. W's Tae Kwon Do Studio, Sir.
That's right. Do you know what that means? No, Sir.
It means that you are competing not just for yourself, but for me. You are wearing your name on the front, but my name on your backs. Yes, Sir.
When people see you out there, behaving well, they will think 'That is one cool studio. Mr. W teaches his kids to play fair, to play well, and to be a good sport. I wish I was on Mr. W's team.'
If people see you performing or behaving badly, they won't just say, 'what a rotten kid'- they'll say Mr. W is not a very good teacher. He doesn't know how to control his kids. Why would I want to play on Mr. W's team?'
Now, I want to ask you. Am I a good teacher? Yes, Sir!
Have I taught you to play fair? to play well? to be a good sport? Yes, Sir!
Do I deserve a team that plays with honor? Yes, Sir!
So, even if you are treated badly, even if you are in a bad mood, even if you are scared, you will try your best, right? Yes, Sir!
And you aren't alone. If a judge is unfair, who will handle it? You will, sir!
If you get lost, who will help you? You will, Sir
Have I ever let you down? No, Sir!
Then I am expecting that you will say, Thank you Mr. W, for being a good teacher, not with your words, but with your actions.  I would love to bring home lots of trophies today, but even more, I would like to have people think good things about our character.
 and that's all I have to say about that.

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism;  one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
Ephesians 4:1-6

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12 comments:

Robin said...

I love, love, love that example and think I will be sharing it with my boys at a teachable moment.

Jen said...

what a great story! Love it! (and really love Mr. W!)

Gretchen said...

THIS is how God so triumphantly shines thru you. You, my friend, are an epically amazing story teller--who just happens to teach us a ton along the way. Way cool.

God's Guitar Girl said...

You are such a stinker, and I lurve you for it. :)

And this was the perfect illustration of the point that needed to be made.

Michelle said...

Agreed! What a wonderful illustration of what we are discussing! I too will be sharing that story!

lisasmith said...

oooooooooooooo.

kiddo1024 said...

Love, love, love.... Simple, plain and SOOO TRUE! Thank you!

snoodlings.com said...

Thanks for reminding me whose name is embroidered on my backpack.

cdub said...

Great illustration!

Sandy M. said...

I am constantly trying to remember that the scars on Jesus' back remind me Who I am living for, & that even when I really don't want to be, I am a walking testament to Him. When I want to snap back at those who are unkind or hurl accusations at me, I have to stop & remember Who I am representing.
This was a great example of that!

lisasmith said...

What my oooooo meant is that this story is so "amber-esque" it left me speechless. It might just be one of my all time fave His Girl stories. :)

What a great reminder that each one on the team reflects the Coach much more than himself.

Vindiciti said...

Perfectly stated. 'Nuff said.


P.S.-Like Robin, I can't wait to share it with my boys when the timing is right.


word verification: madsons. HA!