Sorting yourself out

In J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series of books each new student enrolling at Hogwarts has to don the Sorting Hat. The Sorting Hat then sorts the students into one of the four houses: Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, or Gryffindor. It’s too bad the Untied Methodist Women don’t have an item equivalent to the Sorting Hat. The United Methodist Women are working today to set up for the biennial church rummage sale. They sort through items brought in boxes and assign them a sale price and a table with similar items for sale. Sorting rummage is a lot of work.

We learn from an early age to sort out people. We assign each person a value and a location – do we want to be around them or not. It’s not a perfect process and many mistakes are made. Sometimes we let people sort themselves out. When our Second Saturday Servants serve breakfast in a park the people who come are the ones who need the help being offered.

Perhaps an even more difficult task is sorting ourselves out. Am I a good parent? Employee? Pet owner? Do I love my neighbor as myself? Do I love the Lord my God with all my heart, all my soul, with all my strength, and with all my mind? Am I too critical of others? Do I share my resources with those who are needy? Are my priorities properly ordered and acted upon?

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