Faith at Work LXI

August 2009

We saw a sign outside a church the other day that said: “Love in tennis means having nothing whereas love in Christ means having everything.” That was the day when the player with the more consistent service dashed British hopes for one of our own to reach the Wimbledon final. Both parents were looking on from the player’s box and were willing their son to win through. But despite all that, the quality of serve rarely faltered from either end and that’s what ultimately decided the outcome. Service is also a vital aspect of our Christian tradition and one that is important to maintain.

As I wander around the factory floor, there are people that I don’t get to speak to very much; they are welding behind screens and when things are going well, there is a constant flow of parts coming through to be formed into the final assembly. In that case, there is little respite and no opportunity to break in and see how folk are doing. When something breaks down, then from the cost perspective, it is imperative to get the line going again as soon as possible in order to satisfy demand and the service engineers are called in; they are always on standby anyway.

Behind the scenes, there is always a rolling programme of maintenance going on; if this is done effectively, then there may not be many occasions when the line is stopped because of the premature failure of a critical component. It will have been spotted during the maintenance schedules and offline inspections that go on and replaced before failure. However, that’s assuming that it is easy to spot or that the regular service testing can pick it up.

How can we apply that to our everyday lives? How do we service our needs to be effective in what we do? How do we serve others? How do we serve ourselves and remain fit and healthy? Part of it is to give ourselves good resting time to recover, which we may well do this summer; part of it is to do with the love that we started with and the Love that God showed in sending his Son to be alongside us in life. I am reminded of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Aspects of Love” in which we hear:

Love changes everything;
how you live and how you die.
Love can make the summer fly
or a night seem like a lifetime.
Yes love, love changes everything;
now I tremble at your name.
Nothing in the world will ever be the same.

and so we pray:

God our Father, in love you sent your Son
that the world may have life:
draw us more deeply into the mystery of your love,
that we may truly worship you, now and forever.

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