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Monday Minute 5-8-17

What’s the Point?

 Ever wonder if the work you’re doing has meaning, value, and purpose? Consider this story…

 Legend tells of a king who needed a faithful servant and had to choose between two likely candidates. He took both of them in and put them to work on a seemingly meaningless task… fill a basket with water from a nearby rain barrel. He gave them each a bucket, told them that he would come back later in the day to inspect their work, and then left them to it.

 After dumping several buckets of water into the basket, one of the candidates said, "What’s the use in this work? As soon as we pour water in the basket, it just runs out the sides." The other candidate answered, "But we’re getting paid, aren’t we? And we have each other’s company. And the work is not hard; there’s just a lot of it." 

 "Well, I’m not going to spin my wheels and continue to work like a fool,” replied the complainer. Throwing down his bucket, he went away frustrated, unfulfilled, and a little angry even.

The other candidate continued until he had drained the entire barrel. Looking into the barrel, he saw something bright and shiny at the bottom that proved to be an incredibly valuable, sparkling diamond. "Now I see the usefulness of pouring water into the basket!" he exclaimed. "If the bucket had brought up the diamond before the barrel was emptied, it would have been found in the basket. My work was not foolish or useless, after all."

 What’s the Point?... When God’s grace doesn’t fully coincide with your expectations, remember to wait until the barrel is emptied. There may be something precious at the bottom.

 This Monday Minute is from Deacon Andy Neu, currently listening to Dive by Steven Curtis Chapman. Listen in at


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