Are You Stupid?

Got your attention? I’m glad - do you know how hard it is to get people to read blogs? Very! 

But are you stupid? That question is a check. A way to balance out what we do each day. It’s really a good question to ask at the end of the day. “Did I do anything stupid today?” Some nights I forget to ask myself (stupid) or I am not honest with myself on how the day went (stupid). Others, I go to bed with a grudge (stupid) or obsess over a big mistake (stupid) or even a little one (stupider). Some nights, though rare, I got nothing (yay!).

The question helps me focus on what is true, right and just. It helps to remind me that we are stewards of an incredible trust. There is so much that we deal with each and every day that is unimportant, that just gets in the way. We have these wonderful brains, beautiful minds and we fill them with nonsense or worse, with memories of things that can only bring us down, lead us away from the real reason that we were created. 

There is another question that we should ask ourselves - the sister question to the “are you stupid?” one. “What did I do today to be Christ for someone else?” This question is usually a little harder and it a lot more difficult to lie to ourselves about. As I try to build this hot sauce company and stay true to our mission and vision I am challenged by this question more and more. Our mission should direct all that we do: “We are committed to changing the world by supporting charities that feed the hungry, educate the poor and invest in hard working entrepreneurs in developing countries. To do this, we make hot sauce.” Our vision is a bit grander - we want to have a demonstrable impact in the lives of the poor and underprivileged - locally, nationally and globally. We have a long way to go. 

On some nights it’s easy to answer the question “what did I do today to be Christ for someone else”. Usually it’s easy because I am taking the easy way out. This past Saturday we were able to donate $300 to the Franklin Township Foodbank as a result of selling hot sauce at CanalFest, a local event. It was a great day and we had a great time. Easy answer - we donated $300. Deeper though, is that I had opportunities to reach out to some folks that were at the event from group homes and engage them but sometimes I didn’t because it might be ‘bad for business’ because there were potential ‘paying’ customers at our booth. What is more Christ-like? Giving some money or engaging with the oppressed, lonely and shunted? 

The first question was asked by Paul when he wrote to the Galatians.  He pulled no punches when he asked them “O stupid, Galatians! Who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified.” [Gal 3:1 NAB]. Some other translations use the word “foolish” in place of “stupid” but either way you can feel the pain and longing in Paul’s writing. “What do you need” he seems to ask, “other than what you have already been told?” 

The second question is from the Gospel of Matthew as Jesus tells us very directly what it takes to get into heaven. I imagine it’s a question that the disciples were asking themselves.  “When did we see you hungry or thirsty or naked? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?”  Yes, they are finally asking the right question! The tough question. The one that is not so easy to fool ourselves on. “I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine you did for me.” [Matthew 25:40 NIV]

So, how would you answer these questions? Were you stupid today? What did you do to be Christ for another today?

Peace my friends,

Bob

Updates:

  1. CanalFest: we donated $300 to the Franklin Township Food Bank based on the sales from the CanalFest event. It was a great day!
  2. I will be speaking at the “Kingdom Chamber of Commerce Business Expo” this Thursday, Oct. 23 in Mt. Laurel, NJ. There is still time to get tickets. Going to be a great day.
  3. Our supply of 5 ounce bottles of the “Ghost Dragon Elixir” is almost gone! There are still plenty of the 1.7 ounce bottles left. This sauce is so hot that a small bottle will last me a year!
  4. Gift boxes of the hot sauce are available online - they make great Christmas gifts. Check them out.
  5. If you can think of any events that we should be at please contact me. I am available to speak to youth groups (high school and college) as well as businesses.