“It’s So Obvious That It’s Not” August 19, 2018

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in Sermon Archives

“It’s So Obvious That It’s Not” 1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14 Psalm 111 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58   I was driving around Mac last week running errands when I found myself listening to an interview with Bob Moore, the founder, along with his wife Charlee, of Bob’s Red Mill. Now I always suspected that the whole stone ground organic thing that Bob’s Red Mill flour promises was just a marketing gimmick, but I don’t think that so much any more. No, I can’t think that and as I found myself looking for other places to drive around just so I could keep listening to this interview, I found myself not only believing in the product but I found myself believing in the heart of the man who founded it; a man who saw an opportunity to do some good in this world and did it; against all odds, he did it. But it was when he talked about his 81st birthday that I started to see the hand of God at work. Imagine his employees’ surprise, if you will, when instead of receiving gifts Bob decided to give his greatest gift away – ownership of his business. Bob surprised all his employees on that day by creating an Employee Stock Ownership Program and making everyone an employee-owner. Quoting from the Red Mill website, “For those who know Bob, it’s just another example of his kind hearted generosity. As Bob puts it, ‘It was just the right thing to do. I have people that have worked for me for 30 years and each and every one deserves this.’” The interviewer said, “Mr. Moore, your company made over 100 million dollars last year, yet you’re giving 2/3 of it away. Aren’t you worried that you will end up just like you started with nothing?” Bob replied, and this was the clincher for me, “You know, the bible says to do onto others as you would have them do onto you, and I really believe that. I didn’t get where I am all by myself, so why should I keep it all to myself.” I have to say, Bob Moore’s story made an impression on me. He is selfless, caring, and compassionate and in the business world, these are not necessarily qualities that lead to success. Yet, here he is and you can find products from Bob’s Red Mill in every grocery store in the northwest. Now the reason I even bring this up, besides the fact that I think Bob Moore is an exceptional human being, is that our theme in scripture today seems to be about that elusive thing that we call wisdom. To be more specific, it’s the type of wisdom that’s begrudgingly know as discernment. Now discernment is a funny word. When Samuel as a young man found himself as king of the nation of Israel, it had to...

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