Bishop Desmond Tutu, Nation Builder
Desmond Tutu was born October 7, 1931, and died December 26, 2021. In 1984 Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the opposition to apartheid in South Africa. Tutu started his working life as a schoolteacher in 1955 and served for 2 years. He then attended seminary in Johannesburg, South Africa, and was ordained an Anglican priest in 1961. Subsequently, he was appointed an associate director for the World Council of Churches. He was then appointed dean of Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Johannesburg, South Africa and held that position until his retirement in 2010. Tutu worked in several international organizations and wrote a number of books culminating in his award for “speaking truth to power” in 2012.
Disturb us, O Lord, when we are too well-pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little, because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, O Lord.
Scripture: Matthew 20:12-16
“These men who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’ But Jesus answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your denarius and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous. So, the last shall be first and the first will be last.”
It seems that God is calling us, along with Desmund Tutu, to take risks for God: Are you willing to take risks for God? Will you go if you are called to serve?