Don’t Shut Up and Don’t Give Up

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings
Exod 25-26, Matt 20:17-34


29 As Jesus and his disciples were going out of Jericho a large crowd followed him. 30 When two blind men sitting along the road heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, “Show us mercy, Lord, Son of David!”

31 Now the crowd scolded them and told them to be quiet. But they shouted even louder, “Show us mercy, Lord, Son of David!”

32 Jesus stopped in his tracks and called to them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

33 “Lord, we want to see,” they replied.

34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they were able to see, and they followed him (Matthew 20:29-34, Common English Bible).

Everyone said to the two blind men, “Shut Up! Jesus is too busy for the likes of you (my paraphrase).”

I can’t help but wonder, what would have become of these two had they listened to those around them? What would have happened if they would have shut up? Could these two have survived had they given up on being noticed by Jesus?

I have never been quite sure what the motivation was that caused the crowds to be so insistent that these two men should give up on their dream to see, to have their sight. We have no idea if these two blind sons of God had ever seen before. Whether they wanted to see for the first time or they wanted to see again, they had a dream. They clearly say they want to see.

Many of us have dreams and some people around us tell us that our dreams are silly or our dreams are impossible. Sometimes they are right. Many other times they are wrong.

This week is the Super Bowl. Tom Brady, the quarterback for the New England Patriots (I am not a fan of Brady or the Patriots but his record cannot be denied), was one of the last players taken in the 2000 NFL draft. Brady was drafted in the sixth round. There are only seven rounds in the draft. People told Brady he wasn’t good enough. People told him he shouldn’t even bother. Yet Brady knew his dream and knew his determination. He used the draft snub as motivation to fulfill his dream.

I truly have no idea if Brady is a spiritual man or not. I do know he was a man with a dream that was going to do all he could to fulfill his dream.

What is your dream? Do people try to tell you to “shut up?” Do those people want you to give up? Perhaps their biggest problem is they don’t have a dream for themselves.

So, we have a dream we don’t want to give up.  How do we keep speaking in a way that makes a difference? The blind men kept calling out to Jesus in a very loud manner. The key here is, they kept calling out to Jesus.

If we want to speak in a way that makes a difference, we need to speak to God. And, the way we do that best is to pray. The two blind men’s cries to Jesus were really prayer and prayer always matters.

So does that mean all our dreams will come to pass? When I was a kid I dreamed of being a professional baseball player. It didn’t happen. I didn’t have the skills and it wasn’t within God’s will. My skills, my gifts lie in a different place. And, as much as I wanted to be a baseball player as a kid, those dreams changed and I know God is here.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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