This transcript is taken from the Stand in the Gap Today program on October 21, 2019.
Isaac Crockett: Hello, I’m Isaac Crockett, and I’m joined by Sam Rohrer, the President of the American Pastors Network, and Dr. Gary Dull, Senior Pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Altoona, Pennsylvania, the Executive Director of our Pennsylvania Pastors Network, and you’re used to hearing them. So we’re on here together today. And then we’ll also be talking with another Crockett today. My brother Joshua Crockett, he’s the Senior Pastor of Morningside Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina. And so I want to thank you for listening, and whether you’re tuning in on the radio, or streaming it live off the internet, or our smart phone app, listening to it on an archive. Thanks for taking the time to be with us, and I think today you’re going to enjoy the topic that we have is something that really impacts and affects all of us.
In the book of Ephesians as well as the book of Colossians, Paul talks to the believers of those churches about redeeming the time, or making the most use of the time and opportunities we have in our lives. And today we want to look at how we redeem time, the time that we spend working. So much of our life is spent working, and it can mean more than just the vocational part working for a paycheck, but it is interesting how much time we spend at work or in the activity of working on things, and yet it is often a topic that is not brought up in our pulpits. Even though the Bible talks about work, how to work, why we work, what we do, what work is. It talks about it a lot. In fact, anytime that you have a good biblical worldview, it will focus on that.
This is one of the things I appreciate about BJU Press. We partner with them and you hear about them on our program. As a homeschool parent, I love how they integrate a biblical worldview into the curriculum, into the classroom setting, and they teach our kids about biblical reasons for work and what work really is, and day in age where socialism is being pushed so much in many of our colleges and even public education, it’s great for our kids to have a Christian worldview, a biblical worldview of what this all means. And so today we want to look at this. We want to look at this topic of Work, but first I want to welcome my brother, Pastor Joshua Crockett. Josh, thanks so much for making time to join us today on this program.
Joshua Crockett: It’s great to be here.
Isaac Crockett: Josh, you’ve been preaching a sermon series on some Sunday evenings at your church in Greenville, South Carolina, at Morningside Baptist Church, and you’ve entitled it, Your Work Matters. I also know that you often incorporate ideas of work, and even not just in the preaching, but even in how you incorporate things within the community of your church, and it’s really a very biblical thing to do, and something that you’ve done a lot of, but I just want to ask you as a pastor who’s covering this and talking about it, you actually started this series on Labor Day weekend, which was kind of ironic and maybe a little brave, but why do you think that this topic of Work is so important and why do you believe it really is something that fits in, especially with the younger folks in your church and your congregation?
Joshua Crockett: That’s a great question. And I did choose to start the sermon series on Labor Day weekend because it’s kind of ironic. As Americans, we celebrate Labor Day, and the way we celebrate it is by not doing any labor. We take the day off, and so many Americans and even Christians look at work as a four letter word, almost like a swear word, because we’ve had a bad job experience, a bad boss, bad coworkers, just bad work experiences, and so, we often have a very negative view of work. And in the church we often don’t talk about work as much as we talk about other themes and subjects. But what’s interesting is that for most Americans, your job, what you do for a living, whether you’re a CEO or a stay at home mom or a student, is really central in terms of your time invested and even in terms of how you view yourself.
When I’m flying on a plane, and I asked the guy next to me, “So what do you do?” Typically, he doesn’t say, “Well, you won’t believe this, but I am a husband to my wife, or I’m a dad to my kids, or I’m a Sunday school teacher, my local church, I’m a mentor at the YMCA.” “Oh yeah, I’m also a software engineer,” that typically, the leader with, “I’m a software engineer in the West, in our individualistic culture.” We often view ourselves in terms not of our family, like some traditional cultures, but in terms of our career, you read through the obituary, and one of the first statements about a person’s life is where did they work? What did they do, what did they achieve at work? So we often associate our work with, with our worth, our industry, with our identity, with who we are.
And I was looking at surveys recently that found that the average person spends 40% to 75% of her or his life at work doing work related tasks, and then about 30% to 35% with family, and maybe 5% to 10% that’s probably dropping at church or in religious activities, but when you look at most of our preaching, and I’m indicting myself as a pastor, we typically spend the vast majority speaking to the religious activities to, why you need to be in church, what your role should be in the church, and maybe a third to family, and then very little to where people live at work, and so that was convicting to me as a pastor and that was part of what prompted our starting the series, Your Work Matters, looking at a theology of our vocation
Sam Rohrer: And Josh, I think that’s just excellent. Let me go back, if we can, all the way at the beginning as we try to unfold this with you here today, right after creation, biblical worldview, we talk about God, God created, okay, at that creation, God created man, Adam and Eve and he put them in a garden and it gave him a job. They had work to do, to till that ground. Could you build a little bit from there from the standpoint of the fundamental aspect of work as we would call it and God establishing it right there at creation?
Joshua Crockett: With the exactly, and we have, I think one of the reasons we don’t address the topic of Work is because there are so many fundamental misconceptions that we have as Americans. We often think of work is just a necessary evil, or sometimes on the opposite end it’s a means to fulfill my greed and avarice, but God actually created work to be good, and He dispells a lot of the myths that we have about work. In the very first few words of the Bible, “In the beginning, God created.” God is a worker. We see in Genesis 1. We see that on Genesis 2:2, and on the seventh day God ended His work, and He rested on the seventh day from all the work that He had made. So, it’s the same word for work, Hebrew word that God uses in the Ten Commandments when He tells us that we should, six days should you labor and work, and then of course we see Him actually doing manual labor, getting His hands dirty, in Genesis 2:7 when forming man out the dirt of the ground.
Isaac Crockett: Well, welcome back to the program again. Thanks for listening. I’m Isaac Crockett joined by Sam Rohrer and Gary Dull, and we’re talking to somebody who I have known my whole life, my brother Joshua Crockett, pastor at Morningside Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina. And Josh, Sam had asked you biblically, from the very beginning, literally we see work and we see even before the fall, even before the sin cursed world that we live in now, ,God’s still designed us for work and so we had to cut you off on that thought for the time sake, but we want to talk about the opposite, when people avoid work rather than enjoying it or doing what they were created to do, but I wondered if you had any final thoughts on that, that you wanted to share with our audience.
Joshua Crockett: Yeah, I think it is, like you said, very significant that work is not the result of the fall. Certainly, the toil and the turmoil of the thorns and thistles, and all the difficulties of work in a fallen world came after the fall, but work itself was actually created before the fall. It was created as something that was good. God gave us dominion over the world to care for it.
Gary Dull: It’s a delight to have you with us again today, Joshua, and this concept of work is so important and necessary. I have often been concerned about the work ethic that many Christians have these days. You study the Bible, the Bible talks a lot about the sluggard, the person who is slothful. In fact, the Bible says, “If you don’t work, you don’t eat.” But what we find today is that there seems to be a growth of laziness in the lives of even many Christians, and so from the biblical perspective, Josh, how would you define laziness?
Joshua Crockett: That’s another great question that the Bible does talk about frequently in the Old and New Testament, and the Bible mentioned uses the term slothfulness, the terms sluggard. I think have kind of a mental picture of a sloth of the animal. I think they say it moves it about six and a half feet every minute, and a slug moves about six and a half inches for two hours, so these are not a fast moving, efficient, effective pictures that we have.
And then throughout Proverbs we’re warned that laziness leads to poverty. That a lazy person is someone who sleeps too much, who makes excuses, who becomes conceited, who’s empty. It’s interesting, the author of Ecclesiastes, the preacher who I believe is Solomon. In Ecclesiastes 4:5 he says, “The fool folds his hands together and eats his own flesh.” That essentially this is someone who sits at home, he doesn’t use his hands to work, he doesn’t work with his hands, and instead he folds them. Or in today’s culture we might say he has his hand on the remote, or his phone, or his video game controller, and this is a problem even with many young adults who just refuse to go get a job to work. And the Bible says that, that kind of lifestyle is unproductive and you’re literally, it’s self cannibalism. You’re eating away your own flesh at your own life.
Sam Rohrer: Puts it in real practical terms, doesn’t it, Josh? I think that’s a great verse. When I looked down through verses, for instance, there’s one in Proverbs 26:16 that says, “The sluggard, that lazy person is wiser in his own conceit than the seven men who can render a question.” And you can build that one out as much, I think quite extensively, but when I think of work, and I want you to comment on this, may the verses that you cited and others that talk about a sluggard, when will you arise out of your sleep, that kind of thing. A sluggard won’t plow because he said it’s too cold or whatever.
So there’s an action associated with work and a visible lack of action the lazy person who doesn’t, but when I read that verse 26:16 it also tells me there’s an attitude that’s associated with it, that the sluggard is conceited in his own conceit. Talk a bit about that as well as we consider both work and laziness as both an action that can be measured and seen, but it’s also an attitude, and maybe it does. In fact, the action isn’t perhaps preceded by the attitude?
Joshua Crockett: That’s exactly right, and that’s what’s really concerning for me as a pastor, and that there is this theological dimension, but this is more than just a little kid, my five year old who sometimes doesn’t want to do is his chores or pick up after himself. But when we become adults, this is actually a conceit in a pride that’s saying, “I don’t want to do what God has created me to do,” that God has created us to be workers, to work, to do the vocation, the calling that he’s given to us, and if we refuse that, it’s interesting, in that verse, Ecclesiastes 4:5, that talks about the fool folds his hand together. That word for fool doesn’t just mean someone who’s an idiot or that guy pulled in front of me on the highway.
The Bible is using that in a theological sense of someone who scoffs at God’s wisdom. So a lazy person is biblically someone who’s actually defying God. Which I think is why Paul in 2 Thessalonians 3 says, “If a man refuses to work and to provide for his family, he’s not only worse than heathen person, but he himself shouldn’t eat.” And obviously if you’re disabled or retired or you’re pursuing a job, that’s a different category, but if you’re able bodied and you’re just sitting around refusing to work, the Bible says you’re a fool and you shouldn’t have food.
Isaac Crockett: That’s very interesting. And the country that we live in with some of the welfare system setups, and I have worked with, and my wife’s family, several individuals who are severely handicapped by societal terms that still work, and some of them for a living, and some of them not. One of my wife’s aunts is legally blind and totally deaf, and yet she has her own apartment, and she works for paycheck and it’s difficult at times. In fact, it’s difficult for the family sometimes to help her because she’s working. She doesn’t get some of the government helps that other people like her who would normally get, which is just interesting. But you brought this up that you know we were to created work, and it’s more than just working for that paycheck and you’d said something about maybe folks who are retired and we have all seen people who retired.
They just look forward retirement. I just saw an article about a person, he was 30 years old and he retired at 30, and they look forward to it, and then sometimes because they don’t have a plan, or they don’t work, or they don’t have anything to do, their life really goes downhill, but then we know other people who they say, “You know what? I’m busier now that I’m retired than I ever was when I was at my job.” I would love to get you to just comment briefly Josh, and if there’s time, maybe we could even have pastor Gary say something too about the joy it is to have folks in your congregation who maybe because they’re retired, but able to spend time helping out at the church.
Joshua Crockett: That is such a blessing to our local church, and we have hundreds of young adults in our church, but we also have hundreds of senior adults, many of whom are at or beyond retirement age. Some of them are semiretired and many of them are key volunteers, not only on Sunday in our children’s ministries, in our music ministries, media ministries, greeters and guest ministries, but also throughout the week. We have a number of church members who will come in literally for hours, each one individually every week to work on our grounds, to work on our buildings. Really supplements our facilities team to have all these volunteers who come in and they just say, “Hey, I want to make sure that the Lord’s work is done.”
We have our own mission board and are able to do everything in house so that we have very low expenses. We were able to pass on very little of that expense to our missionaries, but mostly it’s because we have three couples who are retired missionaries who have volunteered, and they work on our mission board and our home office, just like any other mission board would hire someone, and they do it for free just as a service to the Lord and that that then blesses the missionary. It’s such a wonderful thing when people say, “I might not be getting a paycheck, but I’m still serving the Lord and His kingdom.”
Isaac Crockett: That is a blessing, and I think every pastor can speak to those. And Gary, maybe you could chime in a little bit. I know I’ve met several retired members of your church who were serving us, other pastors and other folks. Maybe you could chime in on that too. That’s such a neat example.
Gary Dull: Well, it is. And of course, not only the retirees within your church, but many times retired missionaries and pastors come to our churches, and settled in our area, and they can tremendously contribute to the ministry of the local church Isaac, last week I was involved with a Sheriff on at the Fundamental Broadcasting Network in North Carolina, and that’s a network of over 45 radio stations, and most of their workers are volunteer, and because of the fact that their workers are volunteer or most of them, they are able to offer a ministry at a very low cost. For instance, for 45 radio stations, it only costs $1,200 a day, now think about that, and that is of course because of the fact that they don’t have to pay salary. They operate their ministry on volunteerism. So volunteer ministry goes a long, long way in churches and other ministers as well.
Isaac Crockett: You’re right. That is so true. And those of you listening, maybe you’re sitting there saying, for some reason you are not able to go out to earn a paycheck. Maybe you don’t have to. Maybe you’re not able to, but are there things you can do, whether it’s even just praying from your hospital room, or getting involved in your church, or another Christian ministries around you? God has created us to have that desire to do something productive.
Well, we’ve looked at what God does that God created, that He actually got His hands dirty. He went and got into the dirt, got into the mud and formed man out of the dust, and then He puts Adam to sleep, and takes from his rib, and forms woman has helped meet, and so God worked and God expected Adam and Eve even before the fall, to be industrious, to do something with their lives.
It brings glory to Him for them to work. When he saves us, we are saved by grace through faith. Ephesians 2 tells us and it says, “We are saved as His workmanship, as His trophies.” This idea of His workmanship that He has done this, not we ourselves and so it’s just throughout the Bible, but we talked on the last segment about what happens when we don’t work, when we refuse to work. It’s not just the action, but the attitude of not being willing to do that. And so Josh, let me ask you about the other extreme of this now. What would you say? What does the Bible talk about for those people who nowadays we would label them as a workaholic?
Joshua Crockett: That’s something that I was surprised even in preaching through some of these principles, how there are not only men, but women in our churches who actually who loved their jobs so much. They’ve embraced the calling, the vocation that God has given to them, but they are very tempted sometimes at the expense of their family, at the expense of their own health to pursue work as an end unto itself. In Ecclesiastes 4 again, that passage where Solomon is writing, he says, “I considered all travail and every right work that for this man is envied of his neighbor. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.”
And what he’s talking about is, it’s easy when we start envying our neighbors to travail, to do too much work. And maybe it’s to keep up with the Joneses . Maybe see your neighbor has a new boat, or your boss went on this exotic vacation. You think if I could just work a little harder, if I could climb the corporate ladder a little bit higher, I could provide more for my family. Well, Jesus warns us a man’s life doesn’t consist in the abundance of his possessions. That in fact for a rich man to get into heaven is almost impossible. So to let envy turn you into a workaholic will literally destroy your relationships, is what Solomon saying. And so that’s something that as Christians, even we can be tempted to become workaholics.
Sam Rohrer: Josh, let me continue this with you a little bit because I think this takes us into a real area. Last segment we mentioned the fact that work is an action. Laziness is an action or a lack of an action. Have they look at that, and it’s also the attitude, which brings us back to why we do what we do. So, you mentioned clearly that the fool as the Bible would use it as a person who mocks God says, “I’m not going to do what you say God.”
So a lazy person in that regard would be somebody who says, “I want to do my own thing. I don’t want to do your model, God.” We haven’t used the word worship yet. I’d like to get your concept of work as worship, and if that’s the case, then as a believer, understanding the balance of our duties and responsibilities, how that perhaps can drive the balance of the person who could be a workaholic. We put in that way. I don’t think Bible says anything about working too much. It’s the balance of what we do and keeping these things perhaps in perspective. How did you take and present that kind of a concept to your congregation?
Joshua Crockett: And that’s an excellent phrase, “Work is worship.” And throughout the New Testament, especially in Paul’s letters, he’ll often say, “Everything that we do, we do it as unto the Lord.” We do our work as unto the Lord. That ultimately it’s more than just for our bosses eyes. It’s more than just for our paycheck. It’s more than for even that wonderful feeling of fulfillment that God has embedded into us when we’re able to use the calling that He’s given us. But ultimately all that we’re doing is for His honor and glory. So the Catholic church, I think during the middle ages especially created this false dichotomy between the clergy and the laity, and if you were a priest or if you were a nun, you were in a different category, but no, everything that we do as believers, if we do it unto the Lord, it’s an act of worship.
So therefore we can rely on the Lord to provide for our needs. That’s why we can take a day off, and honor the Sabbath, trusting that God will provide. That’s why we sleep at night, that God created us to a third of our lives asleep. Trusting that He’ll care for us even when we’re not doing anything. And it’s interesting that same passage in Ecclesiastes 4 where Solomon talks about on the one hand, you have someone who’s lazy, he folds his hands and destroys his life. On the other hand, you have someone who envies his neighbor, and he travails and that becomes vanity and vexation of spirit, but then he says in verse six after those previous two verses, “Better as a handful of quietness than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.” And so it’s this great picture of the healthy work life balance that most of us have two hands.
If you have more than that, then that’s great. You can multitask with your third hand, but most of us have two hands. So he says, “Put quietness or rest in one hand, and then put your work, your labor in the other hand, and you’ll have a balanced life.” But if you try to fill both hands handed the second word in that verse that hands is a Hebrew word that has the idea of curving your hand, trying to hold as much as possible. He says, “If you try to put travail in both of your hands, work in both of your hands, it’s going to be vexation of spirit.”
So finding out, and that’s different for all of us and our stages of life, seasons of life, but do I take a day off? Do I honor the Sabbath? Do I plan family vacations? Do I take a retreat with my spouse, if I’m married? How am I balancing on the one hand, I want to have a hand full of work, that’s a good thing, but I don’t want two hands full of work. I need my other hand to be full of quietness and rest
Gary Dull: Josh, as we study the Bible, we find that not only does the word of God give instruction, but so often it gives specific illustrations to show us how that instruction can be really put into our practical living, and so as you look at this whole concept of the work ethic, can you give some biblical examples of people who had the right work ethic, who had the right values in working and how they came to that particular place in their lives?
Joshua Crockett: I think there are a number of these, but I’ve really been impressed, and I’m sure most of us who grew up in Christian homes and in churches looking at the life of Daniel, and how here is a young man who’s placed in a terrible circumstance. He’s abducted from his homeland probably around the age of 15. Most Bible scholars think he’s witnessed perhaps the death of his parents. He’s taken into this new country where he’s forced to learn a foreign language, to change his diet, to change his lifestyle. They tried to brainwash, and yet in all of that, we read in Daniel 1, that Daniel purposed his heart that he would not defile himself, that he had planned ahead of time, that his personal integrity and I think the application for us is in the workplace.
Well, we refuse to compromise our personal integrity even when we’re going through a difficult circumstance like Daniel was, and to see that integrity, to see that he was such a hard worker, that the king honored him and that no one could speak against his work ethic and his integrity, is a wonderful example as there are many. We look at the life of Joseph and others in the Bible that are stellar examples of what this looks like to live out our faith in the workplace.
Isaac Crockett: That is very helpful and as Gary said, not just to have instruction but also illustration of it. That’s a great person to go study.
_____________________________________________________________________________________Welcome back to the final segment of our program today, I’m Isaac Crockett joined by Sam and Gary as well, and Josh Crockett pastor at Morningside Baptist Church is on with us as our guest today, and Josh has been sharing with us a theology, I guess you could say a vocation or theology of work from a sermon series that he’s been preaching, Your Work Matters. And the day and age in which we live, with so many things happening. With so many people almost feeling like we’re being encouraged not to work, and with a lot of people worried about some of the folks in the younger generation that are either seemingly not worried about working at all or others who have gotten so into work that they’re not even thinking about having a family or serving the Lord, finding this right balance and we’ve been talking about the right balance.
We’ve been talking about the illustration from the very beginning. God himself shows us the importance of work. But Josh, I would just like to give you a chance to wrap things up, and if there’s anything that you would like to add, and then I would love for you to maybe give a website where folks could go to listen or watch the sermon series that you’ve been preaching about work, and then after that just to have you maybe lead us in prayer. Maybe you could focus on praying for some of our younger generation that those who are either being pulled in one direction of overload with too much worried about their work, or those going the other direction, those who are just almost seeming to fall into slothfulness.
And that we really are burdened for a nation here at American Pastors Network, and so we want to spend time on each radio program praying for our nation. So Josh, turn it over to you to wrap that part up however you see fit, and then if you could lead us in prayer, and then we’ll actually go to, if we have time to Sam and Gary for prayer today as well.
Joshua Crockett: Sure. We at Morningside and our website is morningside.org, just pretty simple, and we have all the content from our sermon series and our services online, and archive from our livestream. But we really want to reach the next generation, and there’s a recent study that I read about how so many young people are being turned off by the idea of church. They don’t come to church, and they’ll often mention the fact that, “Well, we don’t feel like it relates to our lives, and we don’t feel like it connects with where we’re at.” And I think some of it is that, that inverted preaching that we often again, is preachers are focusing on the religious activity, church and maybe some family, and very infrequently actually referring to vocation. And there’s a book written recently, Faith for Exiles, 5 ways for a new generation to follow Jesus in a digital Babylon.
And the fourth of those five ways that these authors say is to ground and motivate an ambitious generation, to train them for vocational discipleship. And one of the young people in our church said, “That applies to me. Most people my age are looking for a way to contribute to the world.” If the church had some type of program that had older, more established Christians in the workforce giving younger people jobs, I think it would attract younger people to the church. It would also give them something in common to talk about with the older generation. So I think this is a great way to disciple and maybe have a small group in your church where it’s entrepreneurs, and it could be entrepreneurs of different ages who are mentoring the next generation.
Are accountants or medical nurses, doctors, whatever that would be, but to use our vocation as a way to connect with the next generation, and really ultimately it’s a way of pointing people to Christ. And I just recently had a man in our church came up, he works at BMW, has a big plant here in the Greenville area. He said, “I just had the opportunity this week to share Christ with one of my coworkers. We went through a tract together and he made a profession of faith.” And when Jesus is asked after leading the woman at the well to a relationship with Him,…Why aren’t you hungry? Jesus says in John 4:34, “Well, my food is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work.”
So ultimately that is our work is to point people to Jesus Christ. And when that happens, 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “They’ll become a new creature, a new creation. old things pass away. Behold, all things become new.” Even our job becomes new. It takes on a new dimension. We’re doing it for the Lord. And a lot of times we joke that people’s slogan is TGIF, “Thank God It’s Friday.” Maybe as Christians we could say TGIM, “Thank God It’s Monday.” This is an opportunity for me to take my vocation and go into the workplace, and point people to Christ. So that that’s really what I want to pray for my flock, that the Lord has entrusted to me, and for all of us as believers that we would have that kind of attitude. Before-
Isaac Crockett: Would you lead us in prayer? Sorry.
Joshua Crockett: God, the good gifts that you have given to us of work, of vocation, we thank you for calling each of us, not just pastors, ministers, a Christian radio host, but all of us, no matter what stage or season of life. For stay at home moms who have some of the most difficult work, and for those who are maybe in a season of retirement. For each of us that you have given us a place and a calling, and we pray that whether we eat or drink or whatever you’ve called us to, that we would do all of it for your glory and to point people to Christ. We pray this in his name. Amen.
Isaac Crockett: Amen. That’s a wonderful reminder. Sam, could you maybe close our program today? I don’t know if you have any other final comments, and then praying for the leadership, both our national leadership as far as government, but also the leadership in our nation as far as church leaders, pastors, leaders in the homes, in the schools. Just praying in that regard for our nation.
Sam Rohrer: Absolutely, Isaac. Our [Heavenly 00:33:55] Father, we are thankful to be able to have been on this program together and right now praying together with so many others across the country who are praying along with this, and their mind and heart as we’ve looked at this important area of work. Lord, it’s something you’ve established. It’s a part of your nature. It’s a part of what you expect us to do, but ultimately, we will give an account to you, Lord, for what we do both with our times of work, our down times, our times of recreation, our times of reflection, and ultimately, we know that you’re going to measure us, not just by what we do, but the very attitudes of our heart because you look in our hearts.
Lord, may our attitudes and our actions be in alignment with what brings glory to you. We pray for those who are in our church leadership, those who labor among us. I pray for them, each pastor who’s listening, every person who’s in a position of spiritual leadership within the church. I pray for our fathers and mothers, and grandfathers and grandmothers who are listening right now, who are in a position of a parental authority, and who labor in that area.
For those who are in civil authority. Those who were in office. Our president. Those who are in the court system. In Congress on both the national and the state level, where they’re there as ministers of God work doing what they should do. We pray that they would in fact look to you, and do what you would have them to do. We put all of this before you, Lord, understanding you have the plan and the model laid out that if we do it, you promise to bring blessing upon us, our families and our nation. We pray that we would do that as we think, and as we go forward from this program, we pray in Jesus name. Amen.