By Patrick Hawthorne
Heading in to work I commonly hear a radio commercial from “Help Wanted,” an employment agency. The main theme behind the commercial is “Don’t be a Dave.”
Dave is an annoying employee and/or boss depending on the commercial. When I listen to Dave, I am often reminded of the Church, the Body of Christ as a whole. Every congregation – and every walk of life for that matter – has a Dave. This is the person who, when you see them headed your way, will cause you to do an abrupt 180 and head off to some obscure destination that may amaze even you.
“Excuse me, please. I just remembered that I forgot to flush my cat’s sinuses.”
“Rats!! It’s the Holy Spirit.” Don’t you just hate it when you know something from the Word and then feel the gentle tap of the Holy Spirit upside the cranium of your spirit?
“Yes, Holy Spirit?”
“Now Patrick… Turn yourself right around and go talk to Dave. You know better than to be acting that way.”
Sigh… “Yes Sir,” you say as you perform a strategic reversal of the 180.
“Hello Dave. It is really good to see you. How are you today?”
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.
If you are named Dave, please do not be offended. As the commercial says, Dave is a common name and is being used as a reference only. And, please don’t comment against my use of the name Dave because that would be a real Dave move, Dave.” Be blessed.