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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle

“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:1-3) “Do not lord it over those assigned to you, but be examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” (1 Peter 5:3-4)

"With great power comes great responsibility." (Uncle Ben, "The Amazing Spiderman.) Although this movie quote is fast becoming cliché, we do get it. The concept is that when certain abilities (power, authority, funds) are placed in our hands, with them comes accountability. With the blank check also comes the bank statement.

Sigh! As human beings, we greatly love to "take the bit and run with it" (borrowing an equestrian term),  to be in charge, to steer our own destiny, to have our own way. Our human nature wants to be in charge, and yet at every turn we find, like the law of gravity, the law that authority and responsibility are intertwined.

In our work, we are responsible for certain tasks. We use our gifts and talents to benefit our families, our coworkers and our employer. Some of "the tools in our toolbox" might be supervisory. We understand that we do not own these, but are standing in the role of steward. Stewards must all give an account sooner or later. It might be for an annual review, an audit, a board or stockholder's meeting. "To whom much is given, much will be required."

The up side of not being the boss is in the character of the one who IS the Shepherd. All authority flows from Him and is helped by Him to carry out a plan bigger than our own. We have a great Boss who cares for and will reward us.

Lord, our Shepherd,

thank You for including us in Your work.

May the quality of what we do reflect how wonderful You are!

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Bonny Steventon
Business Office Assistant, Avera Patient Financial Services

1 PETER 5:1-4 • PSALM 23:1-3A, 4, 5, 6 •MATTHEW 16:13-19

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