Replacing Michael

May 3, 2011 — Leave a comment

Last Thursday night was the last hurrah for Michael Scott, the manager of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, in Scranton, PA.  He is fictional, outrageously air headed, and very funny. He was the master of making a dull job exciting by celebrating any crazy thing you can imagine. He knew that every individual likes to have their own birthday party, in other words, he singled people out and honored them.

Michael never lost his imagination, He always believed in people.  Seriously, how many more chances could Ryan possibly get? Michael wasn’t just a manager at Dunder Mifflin, Michael was Dunder Mifflin.

Whoever replaces Michael as manager is going to have to be sure that he honors his predecessor.  In spite of all Michael’s flaws, according to his coffee cup, he was still the world’s best boss.

Exodus 20:12 – Honor thy father and thy mother:

Honor your father and mother, is one of the ten commandments.  Actually, it is the only commandment with a promise attached to it.

Recently I spoke to our church about transitions.  Namely, what got you here won’t get you there.

Transitions like this are tough.  But to get to your next level, sometimes it’s necessary to trim some things off.  Old paradigms that helped you yesterday, may hinder you tomorrow.  People that taught you and mentored you up to this point, may not be a part of your future.

For instance, Saul was looking for his fathers donkeys (I Samuel 9).  There was a servant with Saul that led him to Samuel.  Without this servants guidance, Saul would have never found Samuel.  But when Saul was introduced to his next dimension, the servant was dismissed.  The servant helped him get here, but wasn’t able to take him there.

Honoring your father and mother has more application to it then just teaching about your physical parents.  There are people in your life that fathered you in gospel.  Churches that mothered you during your journey with Jesus.  These are people that got you to where you are right now.  Never be guilty of dishonoring those that helped you get to where you are.  Don’t dishonor organizations that played a vital role in your ministry.  Just because your old pastor isn’t with the times right now, doesn’t mean that he wasn’t an important part of the plan that brought you to where you are now.

Honor every paradigm, pastor, mentor, that brought you to this point in your life.  Sure, you may be getting weaned from past nourishment so that you can stand on your own; but in the weaning and trimming process, honor what got you here.

Honor your father and mother!