Amongst today's news items was the woman from Stratford-uopn-Avon who called 999 and asked for an ambulance to take her home because she had sore feet after a days shopping. When told that if she had a medical problem with her feet she would be taken to the nearest Emergency Department, she replied, "Then from there how am I going to get home?"
It's hardly a surprise that one paramedic tweeted #WeAreNotATaxi!
It's easy to laugh at folk who seem to have lost all perspective on life. Who think that their sore feet demand the services of the overstretched NHS. Now!
The problem is that I very often lose perspective. The things that engage my emotions, get me worried or have me fuming are by the Bible's standards trivial. Whether we're stuck in traffic or coping with a difficult child or stressing about the demands of work, we often forget that the real issue that faces us and the world is sin.
A bit like the woman who called that Ambulance, we can call on God to deal with our trivia, rather than speaking to him about the really important issues: The salvation of our friends, family, colleagues and neighbours who don't know Christ. The daily battle to love God and love others as we should. These are the things that should dominate our prayers. Rather than exam results, house moves, job promotion or even ongoing physical health. Don't mishear me. It's not that we shouldn't pray about those things. Just that they shouldn't be all we pray about or even take up most of our prayer time.
When the apostle Paul prays for people it is always about their relationship with God. Their knowledge of Christ. That they might know His love more and live to please Him. Why not try praying one of Paul's prayers for someone you know today, maybe even for yourself...
Philippians 1:9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousnessthat comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.