"Formerly he was
useless to you, but now he is indeed useful both to you and me."
you walk into a chicken coop, you are harassed and accosted by a most
horrific and stomach turning smell. Their waste is everywhere and you
may even think something around you has died. Useless. Some of
the best fertilizer for a garden of mine has come from a plant in
Nacogdoches. Turn the fertilizer with the soil and you will have some
of the best vegetables ever. The plant, Tyson's. The fertilizer,
chicken waste. Useful and useless, haven't we been both? Somewhere
alone the way a transition, a change, takes place. We begin to
use the gifts and opportunities God puts before us, or we neglect them.
We welcome community or we shun others. We love or we become
Hear the Good News, God
reaches out to each of that we might embrace the opportunity to be useful,
realizing our potential and calling to be a person of love, charity and
mercy. Paul had such an opportunity when
Onesimus came to him.
We are left to assume that Onesimus was considered useless, but it was even
his name's meaning. Onesimus, the Greek word for useless.
whether or not that was the name given him at birth is not important, what
is important is what Paul's response was. Paul looked at him as a man,
built him up and transformed this useless run-away slave into a useful and
loved son. Can you also see how this has in fact happened in your own
life, and the people you too have built up like a son or brother? In
this way, you probably have been built up like a son or brother as well.
Useless to useful, it happens.
Lord, I have been useless. Useless as a son, brother, friend, husband
and father. But somehow, I have become useful as a son, father,
bother, and friend. You have built me up, others have built me up.
Allow me to build others that they might know their potential and continue
to build and develop me. Thank
You Father, for all You have done in my life and all You will continue to do.