“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me.” – Mark 9:37 (Mark 9:35-41)
First mate, first watch, first on deck . . . within a crew all be angling ter get tha first spot, tha skipper’s ear, tha best bunk. Only when tha Twelve got ter discussing which of them be tha Son’s best bud—and most likely it would be Old Pete, James, or John—tha Son invited a little child ter join tha discussion.
“Whoever wants to be first must be the very last.” Start at tha back of tha line, not that front. That be whar ya ‘ill find tha Son.
“Whoever wants to be great must be the servant of all.” Start with helping others, not helping yer self. That be whar ya ‘ill find tha Son.
“Whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” Start with following tha Son, not following yer own selfish desires. That be whar ya ‘ill find Skipper at work.
“Whoever is not against us is for us.” Start with including as many as ya kin in work fer Skipper, not pushing folks away. That be whar ya ‘ill find Skipper’s Holy Ghost of Truth moving about.
“Whoever gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.” Start with looking ter tha left, then right, ahead, then back ter see who has a need. That be whar tha eyes of tha Son be fixed all tha time.
“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me.” Start with tha heart and mind of child open ter tha wonder of Skipper, his creation, and his imagination, not with a list of all tha things ya tried but didn’ work. That be whar ya ‘ill find tha Son doing tha miraculous.
“Whoever . . . believes in me, though he dies, will yet live.” (John 11:25)
Make it yer task ever day ter start with whoever ya kin, whenever ya kin, whar ever ya be ter chase after tha Son. That be how ya gets ter be first among them who kneel before him when tha Son comes in his glory.