The other day I was holding the door for someone at the church when someone came up and made a joke saying "Don't you have something better to do than hold the door Pastor?" Now, I know it was a joke. They were teasing me, I get it; but often there is a little bit of truth mixed in to every joke and so I want to take a quick second to address it.
No, I don't. Don't misunderstand me. I have plenty to do. There is always one more hospital visit I could do or one more phone call I could make. There is always one more meeting I could schedule or commentary I could read. I could always use more time to prepare or practice my sermon. I am busy just like the rest of you. But, I deeply believe, based on the example of Jesus, that people matter more than tasks. Jesus was always ready to drop his busy schedule at a moment's notice when someone needed him. Jesus was a BUSY guy, but he was NEVER too busy for people. He made time to help. He made time to heal. He made time to talk. He made time to weep. He made time.
So no, I don't have anything BETTER to do than hold the door for a lady so that she can come into the church and worship Jesus. I have other things I could do, but nothing better. She matters. And for me to take two minutes to show her kindness by holding the door for her, well that is a small price to pay.
Let us all seek to follow the example of Jesus, in big and small ways, as we always value people over tasks in our everyday lives.