Articles by Stan Dean

No Job Is Insignificant!

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Even though it is still summertime and the days are still hot and long, I am beginning to hear that word that is used a lot this time of year. People in this part of the country seem to have it in their blood and it is starting to surface. I have to admit, I get a little passionate about it too! “What is it?” you ask. In case you have not figured it out, it is “football.”
With that said, I want to share with you a brief story about a football player of yesteryear that I have long admired. And whether you are a football fan or not, I believe you will appreciate the moral of it.

John Brodie was an outstanding quarterback in the National Football League and earned many accolades. He played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1957 to 1973. He is credited with being the first man to make a million dollars in a year playing in the NFL. That pales in comparison to today’s salaries for professional athletes, but it was a huge amount in his day.
Now, one other piece of information that is important for you to know is that Mr. Brodie had another responsibility with the team. When they kicked a field goal or an extra point, Brodie was the holder for the kicker.

So, shortly after John signed the heftiest contract of his career, he was being interviewed in a press conference. One of the reporters felt that the job of a “holder” was nowhere near the importance of being a quarterback and had a question he wanted answered. “Mr. Brodie,” he inquired, “Why would someone of your importance and making the kind of money you do, also be used as a holder for the kicker?” Brodie was unfazed by the reporter’s question and replied with the classic line, “If I didn’t, the ball would fall over.” (Good answer I would say!)

When it comes to being part of a team, whether in football, family or church life, there is no job that is insignificant. Obviously, in everything some responsibilities are more “high profile” than others, but that does not mean that those are the only ones that are important.

Jesus knows how we tend to think. No doubt that is why He spent a lot of time teaching about how the greatest in his kingdom were servants and how the humble would be exalted (cf. Matthew 20:26f; Luke 18:14). Again, no one and no thing in His service ever goes unnoticed- - or unrewarded (cf. Matthew 10:40-42).


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