MY SUNDAY JOURNAL
By Dalton Roberts
OUR PAY IS THE PRIVILEGE
Paul said something to the people of Corinth that hits me where I live.
He was reminding the Corinthians that he and Barnabas didn't accept pay
when they ministered to them. Then he said, "What pay do I
get?...the privilege." (I Cor.9:18)
I just got home from playing a benefit for a 3 year old boy with cancer.
What pay did I get? The privilege and deep internal reward we experience
when we reach out in love to others. If that little boy can go through
those terrible cancer treatments, I can take my guitar and play some
songs to raise money for him.
Can you think of anything that makes you feel better than to do
something kind and loving for another human being?
What a privilege it is for me to be healthy enough to do something, What
a privilege to do it by making music, one of my chief joys in life. What
a joy to be among people cooking and serving food to help the cause,
people just showing up to listen to the music and eat the food, people
who just came to hug the family and tell them they care.
I have played the Grand Ole Opry and I can tell you, there was more
fulfillment in being on a porch with two dozen musicians playing and
praying for a beautiful little boy to live than there was in standing on
that famous stage.
The pay is the privilege and what a huge paycheck it is.
ONE LOAF OF BREAD
You may have noticed I am reading in Corinthians in my daily meditation
time and I found this line in one of the translations of I Cor. 10:17:
"There is one loaf of bread, all of us...we all share the same
Tell that to some religious fanatic terrorist. He may not see it but he
cannot damage one person without damaging himself and those he loves.
Tell that to someone in a denomination who thinks their way is the only
There are over 400 denominations and sects of Christianity alone but
there is only one loaf. There may be a dozen major world religions, but
there is only one loaf of humanity.
There is not an "other" out there for us to hate. There is one
loaf. The terrorist may not remember this fundamental truth but that
doesn't keep you and I from realizing it. We can spread the yeast of our
love throughout the whole loaf and hope for the day that the whole loaf
will realize it is one.
So I'm an unrealistic dreamer. Best I can figure, it's only the
unrealistic dreamers who have ever made much of a change in the
consciousness of the world.