Grab a Bucket - Any Bucket

12/04/2015

Grab a Bucket - any Bucket

Once upon a time, a fire started in a suburban house. In a few minutes, flames had engulfed the building as tongues of fire began eating away at the frame. “Everyone grab a bucket and come help!” folks yelled up and down the street. Dozens of adults were soon assembled in the front yard and a few children stood by on the sidewalk, having been warned by their parents that this job was “no place for a child.”

“Attach that hose to the spigot on the left side of the house!” Mr. A instructed.

“There’s a spigot on the right side and the flames are higher there. Attach it to that one,” Mrs. B countered.

“Excuse me, but I used to work in a hardware store,” Mr. C stated. “Sometimes those fittings give you problems, so I should be the one to attach it.”

“Hold on—even if we do get the hose attached, holding it is only a one-person job!” Ms. D observed.

“Here we brought all these buckets, so let’s set up a brigade starting at the other spigot! That way both spigots can be used.”

“Which other spigot do you mean?” Mr. E asked. “The left one or the right one?”

“I don’t know,” Mrs. F answered. “What did we decide earlier?”

“Well, while the hose committee is working on that, how about the bucket committee at least get lined up so we’re ready to go?” Mr. G suggested.

“Which buckets should we use?” asked Ms. H. “We all brought a bucket and we can’t use them all.”

“Use the five-gallon ones!” said Mr. I. “They hold the most water.”

“But some people can’t lift that much weight!” Mrs. J interjected.

“If you can’t lift a five-gallon bucket, you shouldn’t even be in the line!” Mr. K spat.

“How is the hose committee making out?” asked Ms. L.

“Who knows, they can never agree on anything!” Mr. M retorted.

“Should we at least test the buckets first to see if any are leaking?” Mrs. N queried.

“That’s a good idea,” answered Mr. O. “You know, I had a bucket once that—“

“Oh there you go again, talking about your old bucket!” Ms. P groaned. “Who cares?”

“I don’t know if all that testing is necessary, but I do think that we need to identify who can throw the water the farthest so that they can be the last one in the line!” Mr. Q observed.

“Hey, the hose committee wants to know if any of you have a measuring tape!” Mrs. R interjected.

“Typical hose people!” said Mr. S shaking his head ruefully. “They can never just make a decision.”

“That’s a nice bucket you have there!” smiled Mrs. T. “It’s much nicer than my cheap one.”

“No, yours is fine!” replied Mr. U. “Hey, they both hold water, right? Haha. So what’s the difference?”

“It’s getting hot out here! When’s our break?” whined Ms. V.

“What? I can’t hear you over the roar of these FLAMES!” shouted Mr. W.

“WHAT IF THIS HOUSE COLLAPSES ON US?!” screamed Mrs. X. “SHOULD WE MOVE FARTHER AWAY?”

“HEY, THE KIDS ARE FILLING UP THEIR SQUIRT GUNS AND SHOOTING THEM AT THE HOUSE!” Mr. Y blared.

“WELL, THAT WON’T DO ANYTHING WITH A FIRE THIS BIG!” Ms. Z. replied. “IT’S A WASTE OF TIME!

Most of the time it seems like the only thing we can agree upon is that there are problems. While the world around us burns, people of faith need to lead the way in understanding that we can all have different ideas and different traditions but that neither of these should interfere with the work that Jesus calls us to do, namely: Binding up the brokenhearted; serving the widows and orphans; and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. No one ever argued about how many angels could dance on the head of a pin because they believed that pin-dancing served a meaningful purpose—they argued because they wanted to be right or at least prove someone else wrong.

There are most important things than being right. What’s important to you today?

 

My dear friends, we must love each other. Love comes from God, and when we love each other, it shows that we have been given new life. We are now God’s children, and we know him.. -- 1 John 4:11

 

views 306