Don’t be like the Washington Monument

You probably don’t struggle with wishing to be a monument. You didn’t tell your mother, “I want to be the Washington Monument when I grow up!” Ok, maybe YOU did, but most of us didn’t 🙂

(Though I do remember telling my mom I wanted to be Big Bird when I grew up…not sure where that desire came from!)

(actual view from my bedroom!)

But we all had or still have things we want to be when we grow up. What does God want us to be though?

To expand on this….

I found this great clip on YouTube from our teaching pastor, Todd Phillips. In this short clip, Todd does an amazing job of tying together history/DC and the story of Joshua:
And as Todd points out, Joshua knew that his life was not about being a military leader (though he did an awesome job!) but Joshua was called to lead something more eternal than just battles.
Joshua was a spiritual leader first and foremosthe was to be a servant for the Lord before anything else. How amazing for Joshua to embrace the Lord’s plan for his life– I challenge– you are?

Todd is right– God calls his body of Believers to not worry about being remembered but to point others TO remember the one true God.
Instead of working to be a Washington Monument– a memorial to mortal men-– work for something greater– and eternal. When God places that calling upon your heart– maybe it is kind words to nasty co-workers, giving up your Saturday morning to help someone move, or walking away from a job that forces you to compromise your integrityknow that just as God was faithful to Joshua, God is faithful to those that believe!
Joshua 1:9,
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

3 Responses to “Don’t be like the Washington Monument”

  1. 1 Michael Griffith
    March 12, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    I actually kind of agree with this. When we look back at historical figures, how many are actually remembered? Of the multitudes of people throughout history, how many are remembered? But, of the same token, with only one life to live, is it a good idea to waste it on ethereal concepts? Of all the “best ways” to live your life, is “serving” a distant God who’s existence is questionable a good way to allocate your scarce existence?

  2. 2 Anonymous
    March 12, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Did you write about “kind words to nasty co-workers” because of me? Is this something you are struggling with Kim? You are aren’t you? It’s a daily struggle to be nice to me… Why?? And I was gonna take the fall for the coffee maker…

  3. 3 Kim Cotterman
    March 12, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Thank you for your comment, Mike. You raise some great questions that I can answer in a future blog. Look out for it early next week!Anonymous: you are hardly anonymous considering the size of our office. I took the fall for yesterday, you get the coffee maker! Thanks for the tea btw!

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