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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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The Dreaded 80/20

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?.... You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden" (Matt.5:13-14).

Have you ever heard of Vilfredo Pareto? He was an Italian engineer, sociologist, economist and political scientist who lived from 1848-1923. He came up with what we have come to know as the "Pareto principle", more commonly referred to as the law of the few... It says that in many organizations, 20% of the people do 80% of the work. Unfortunately, this may happen in the church too. Today's verses tell me that Jesus didn't think like this. Perhaps one of the great challenges facing the church today when it comes to growth is about that 80%. Sadly, many members can fall prey to the temptation of politely excusing themselves from active participation....There are many justifications for either inactive or partially active service. Some may think that time restraints are so strong that there are just not enough hours in the day... Some may have been active, but have grown older and decided to let the younger folks take the lead. Maybe there is the infamous preacher mentality... "Hey, we're paying that guy to do the church's work, we're just regular members that do stuff on an as-needed basis..." Simply put, Christianity is about participation and not passivity... Jesus and the apostles want us to get into the game... Salt and light do no good unless they are used correctly. The salt and light imagery tell us that both are easily detected when present, and terribly missed when absent. Lets get introspective and see the unique set of talents, experiences and abilities we actually have. Then, lets put those to use in a profitable way for the Lord's work. If that 20/80 thing is really true, lets shoot for the 20...

have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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