Useless or Useful?

October 28, 2007

A few weeks ago I decided to ask my 13 year-old son if I could borrow his digital alarm clock. He hadn’t been using it and I had been wanting one to put on my bathroom counter so you can imagine how glad I was that I didn’t have to buy a new one.

Early the next morning I tiredly meandered into the bathroom and nearly came out of my skin when I noticed the time on the alarm clock-9:30 am! Imagine my bewilderment! My alarm clock had woken me up at 5:30 am only seconds before (or so I thought)! How could it possibly be 9:30! Had I drifted back to sleep? The last time I checked it wasn’t four hours from my bedroom to my bathroom so I panicked. If I had fallen back asleep then I had missed the first hour and a half of work which was the busiest considering I have to give students their medication first thing in the morning. I had also missed an important meeting and allowed all five of my children to be late for school not to mention my husband was now late for work! How could this be? I ran back into my bedroom and checked my cell phone, the VCR, and the DVD player. Majority agreed that it was indeed 5:30 am. It took a few seconds before I realized that my new digital alarm clock didn’t keep the correct time. Now I understand why my 13-year old wasn’t using it, however, I’ll never understand why he neglected to mention that significant piece of information. Oh well, another frazzled morning in the life of a mother of five.

A digital alarm clock that doesn’t keep the correct time is nothing more than an electric paper weight. It’s totally useless. Sometimes we have allowed ourselves to be useless as well. Maybe it was that time we neglected to mention Jesus to that stranger we talked with. Maybe it was that other time we knew that we should offer to pray with our friend but were too embarrassed to do so. Maybe it was another time. You know the one. We have all been faced with times when we should have stood for Christ but instead sank down in our seats and for the time being allowed ourselves and our Christianity to be useless. Shame on us. We can’t go back and change those times but we can strive to never let them happen again. Thankfully God gave us His Word so that we can have many examples of useful Christians.

Paul wasn’t useless. He spent his life teaching the gospel. He boldly spoke out against false doctrine and encouraged others to live for Christ.

Phoebe wasn’t useless. She continually worked for the church in various efforts.

Aquila and Priscilla weren’t useless. They spent their time teaching and working to bring others to a greater understanding of the gospel.

I’m sure you can think of other Christians who have been useful to the church, some in the Bible and some in your congregation. Take a few minutes today and write them a small note to thank them for all they’ve done and continue to do for you and for Christ.

And make sure you never become like that old digital alarm clock that is still sitting on my bathroom counter taking up space. Which reminds me..I’ve got an electric paper weight that I need to sell on EBAY.

Never allow yourself or your Christianity to be useless!

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6 Comments Add your own

  •    Bob Bliss  |  October 29th, 2007 at 2:46 am     Reply

    Teenagers never volunteer information to their parents. You have to bribe them to get them to talk. Or threaten them. It just depends on whether they like pleasure more than pain.

  •    Kathy  |  October 30th, 2007 at 12:09 am     Reply

    Thank you for the time you take to share great messages like this one!

  •    Monalea  |  October 30th, 2007 at 2:46 am     Reply

    Good, very good!


  •    preacherman  |  October 30th, 2007 at 5:00 am     Reply

    Excellent post once again Paula.
    Keep up the great blogging.

  •    TREY MORGAN  |  October 30th, 2007 at 5:15 pm     Reply

    Too funny. I bet he knew it and was excited about confusing you. HA

  •    Don  |  October 31st, 2007 at 6:42 pm     Reply

    the more I look
    the more I see
    the useless things
    that surround me

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