On a recent trip to Florida, I heard someone commenting on the traffic problems in Orlando. This person cited a study which indicated that the congestion was caused by the number of people who aren't sure where they're going.
This is an apt description of the world in general. I would say that many problems arise because people don't know where they are going. Everyone seems to be in a hurry to get somewhere, but few seem to know where they are headed.
In a story about Jesus, recorded by one of his apostles named John, we read this: "Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him" (John 13:3-5).
In Jesus' day, people traveled largely by foot on dusty roads and dirty city streets. They wore open-toed footwear. When they ate, they often reclined around low tables, with one person's feet near another person's head. Foot washing wasn't a luxury; it was part of basic hygiene.
It was also a task that was performed by the lowest of the low, the slaves who did the dirtiest deeds. How could Jesus bring himself to perform such a filthy, humiliating task?
He knew where he was going. He knew who he was, where he had come from and where he was going. He wasn't defined by that task or any of the tasks that he performed while on this earth. He was going somewhere.
We can be like Jesus in that regard. We can know who we are. We can know where we are going. And that knowledge can free us to do whatever needs doing in this world.
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