Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Morning Manna & Heavenly Ham

Pastor Jason Perry of Centennial, Colorado recently published a new book called Morning Manna: Looking For God in Everyday Life. It's a collection of devotionals from many years of Pastor Perry's e-mails to youth to encourage them in daily life. The Tattered Cover is a renowned Colorado bookstore and they invited Pastor Perry to come read selections from his book, share insights and sign books for admirers.

One particular reading that touched me explained how Pastor Perry used to work at a company called Heavenly Ham. Although he had a bachelor's and master's degree, the family was going through hard times, expecting a child and in need of extra cash. At Heavenly Ham, Pastor Perry was responsible for "anything" that needed to be done from janitorial work, to making sandwiches, to managing or cashiering. Whatever needed to be done, he needed to be faithful to what God had called him to do for that time. Pastor Perry WAS faithful and we see that God has raised Pastor Perry from the "depths" to touch the lives of many through his books & ministry.

Pastor Perry's duties at Heavenly Ham are similar to my duties at work, too. I have to admit that lately my attitude has not been very good. It's been prideful and arrogant as if the work was beneath me. But now I understand that God may be trying to humble me, like he did with Pastor Perry. It was very inspiring to listen to him at the Tattered Cover and recommit myself to the goals God has given me. Somehow, I feel my path and Pastor Perry's path may be similar if I will be diligent with my writing.


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