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Wisdom and Humility

South Hill United Methodist Church

Wisdom and Humility

Remember: there’s no one on earth so righteous as to do good only and never make a mistake.

Ecclesiastes 7:20

This verse comes in the midst of a whole bunch of proverb-like verses about wisdom. I found this one especially appropriate at this present time. We seem to be in a season that tries to make ourselves absolutely right and any opposing view absolutely wrong. We know better. Multiple places in Scripture, including Jesus’ parable about where to sit at a dinner party, tell us this. Yet we persist in elevating some to infallible and denigrating some to being always wrong. We persist in kidding ourselves that the problem is always with someone else.

The only way to truly change the world is to start with ourselves. So, I would like to tell you all that I am sorry. I have made tactical errors during this time of crisis, and have fallen into patterns comfortable for me. In trying to keep things appearing comfortingly normal while jettisoning those things that we cannot do, I did not properly consider picking up replacements for some connections. What I mean is that I did not replace the normal contact with many of you with something substantive. I continued to operate under the flawed assumption that if you needed something, you would call. It was a mistake, and I apologize for that.

I am not too busy for you. In fact, I would love to hear from you. I am trying to be more active in reaching out and contacting you, but do not necessarily wait for me. Feel free to reach out, even if it is just to reach out with no real reason or need. I miss seeing and speaking with all of you.

Additionally, I have recently heard some excellent suggestions for improving worship, mission outreach, and more. Keep those coming! To continue our important mission in the world around us, we need new ideas and methods – not because new is necessarily better, but because the world and the needs of those around us are changing. We can no longer assume that Sunday morning will be the way we meet people. It doesn’t work that way any more. Working side by side to positively impact lives is the main way we develop relationships and show that the church is relevant and alive.

We are blessed with excellent people and abundant resources. We are well poised to really be able to make a difference. Let’s do so and fully live. We’ll make mistakes, but that’s okay and part of the journey. The world needs us, and every single one of you.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Brian

One Response

  1. Nancy Merrel says:

    Thank you for ths message! I can’t tell you how much your phone call made me feel noticed, remembered, and connected with the church as a whole. I miss our talks together and feeling a part of our church and individual missions. I shall look harder to seek opportunities despite feeling overwhelmed by how much my life has changed not only by the virus but also my personal life. I remind myself “God is good all the time!”

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