Today’s Reading: Mark 11:1-26 (additional reading: Psalm 46:1-11 & Proverbs 10:23)

A man was riding on a plane filled with people and cigarette smoke. (Of course, this had to be some time ago since we know that smoking is now banned on airplanes.) Suddenly he turned to a woman and said, “Would you like to chew my gum for awhile?” The lady was insulted. “What in the world do you mean?” she snapped. The man calmly replied by saying, “I’ve been smoking your secondhand smoke ever since we left the city. I thought you might want my secondhand gum.”

Here on both parties we see indifference and lack of understanding. Many people are completely indifferent to those around them. They don’t know and they don’t care. They don’t know who they are and they don’t care who they are. And they don’t care if their smoke gets in someone else’s face. Indifference is always bad. It’s a bad trait in anybody. It’s a bad attitude. If Scripture teaches us anything at all about life it teaches us that we are to be considerate of the people around us: at home, at work, at play, etc. Rom. 12:10 “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” We are not quick to do that, but we should be.

Dr. Margaret Mead, distinguished anthropologist and author, made a very interesting observation in an address some time ago. She pointed out that for a long time it was the universal custom to say on parting: “Good-bye,” which is a shortened form of “God be with you.” Today it is quite common instead to say: “Take it easy.” Many people have the “take it easy” attitude about a lot of things in life. Don’t take it seriously. Take it easy. This is also the attitude, the casual attitude that many people have toward God and Christ and the church. Don’t worry about it. Don’t take it seriously. Take it easy!People did not always respond positively to Jesus. To His life, to His ministry, to His love.

Today’s reading tells us about the disciples going to get the donkey. I realize that what Jesus commanded his disciples to do in regard to his triumphal entry was extremely simple, but still, they did what He said. Sometimes it’s is the so-called simple stuff that we fail to do. Simple to understand, but difficult to do. For example: John 13:34 Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” Demonstrating love for one another sounds so simple, but it is sometimes hard to do. Especially, when we think in terms of loving people like Jesus loved them. Casual attitude or committed action? Which characterizes your life in relation to Christ? Are you being faithful in the little things or are you just waiting for that big thing?

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