In order for shade to exist, something must block the sun and take the heat. It is an exchange of energy. Now trees don't raise their little bark hands and agree to create shade, God just orders things such that trees want sunlight to grow and that allows us to curl up beside one and enjoy the coolness of the shade.
I have heard economics professors claim adamantly that nothing is free. Students try to come up with examples and the professors shoot them down somehow. Now I don't know about all that business, but things of great value come at a price. That's for sure.
Jesus stood in the sun, to say the least. The wrath on our tab came due upon His perfect body on Calvary so we can enjoy the eternal joy of communion with Him. The greatest price for the greatest gift.
As we work with and lead others, in what ways can we provide shade by standing in the sun? How can we shade our towns?
- We can stop clambering for attention and praise and give it instead.
- We can work to empower, motivate, and inspire those under our leadership in a way that makes their job a positive experience.
- We can pull more than our share of the load.
- We can bring the light of Christ with us to work.
It'll get hot standing in the sun for others. Your skin might burn and it might get really old. You might even start to resent those in your shade. Even worse, you might stand in the sun proudly. Look at me, I'm in the sun so you can loaf in comfort. I'll pray for you.
Being a shademaker should be a joyous event, our joy coming through the delight of others. And when the delight of others is an empty tank, we can look to the everlasting well of joy offered in Jesus - who knows a thing or two about this subject.