Our Response-ability

Richard Florida, in his book The Rise of the Creative Class, says that “the service economy is the support infrastructure of the creative age”. What does this mean? It means, Who’s footing the bill?

He goes on to explain that the age we live in is indeed a creative one. If you’re in any way creatively inclined then you know what I’m talking about. Creative expression is one of the most exciting and fulfilling human endeavors. But, as the song Distant Early Warning by Rush points out, “we need someone to talk to and someone to sweep the floors.” Pray for that someone. Don’t be ashamed to reach out and brighten their day with a smile, a tip, whatever the Holy Spirit puts on your heart.

God is so generous. He does “exceeding, abundantly above all we could ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). Have you thanked God for anything recently? How about ever? That last breath you drew came from Him (Acts 17:25). Everything good that we have (James 1:17). A little gratitude would be a smart idea (1 Thessalonians 5:18), it’s the polite thing to do.

Think about the people who make our life possible: The cleaning crew that vacuums your office. The garbage collector who comes every Tuesday morning (in my neighborhood). The barista who made the coffee you (or I) so desperately need. Everyone from teachers to police officers to servicemen and women.

We live in a world of fantasy if we’re taking these people for granted. The auspices of America cost something to maintain. Please practice frequent gratitude. Both to the men and women who serve us and to God for making the whole thing possible.