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What is the lowest common denominator? If we are working with fractions, that is an important question.
Too often it appears that this is a question that is being raised in society and being embraced as a common
goal. Many years ago I had a colleague in accounting who frequently made attempts at “dragging people
through the mud.” If someone seemed too popular, talented or positive, he would attack such a person with the
goal of harming their image and reducing their joy and self-worth. I believe that his behavior originated from
a deeply rooted sense of insecurity. This individual was very talented, but he could not see his many gifts. He
let his own unhappiness spread in ways that were unattractive and harmful. I grieve that his many abilities
were far too often channeled into such destructive uses.
Are we trying to bring each other down, or are we trying to lift one another to higher standards of
achievement? Are we looking as often as we should to the model of leadership that God has established in
Jesus, a servant leader who was willing to humble himself so that we and the world might be lifted to higher
standards of love and deeper experiences of life in abundance? It’s easy to be caught in a constant pattern of
destructive criticism when much of the world seems to thrive on name calling and lowest common
denominator behavior. Can we help one another to see the gifts that God has granted to us? Can we direct
people to Jesus so that he might help them to unlock their true potential?
June is one of my favorite months of the year. I love the extended daylight hours. I rejoice over the opportunity
to spend significant hours in the great outdoors. I invite
and encourage you to enjoy these seasonal gifts of
nature, and allow the God who is the source of all that
is good to warm that which may have become wintery
and cold in your spirit. May Jesus lift us all to a higher
love in this season of summer, and let’s look for
opportunities to share the joy of this love with the
people God has placed in our lives!
- Pastor John Holliday
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