I saw this tweet recently and I think it highlights something about human nature.
It is terribly inconvenient isn’t it to have to queue for things and then to wait around afterwards. It’s annoying when we have to travel a distance. Yet here we are not just with the inconvenience of queues but also of face masks and testing (who really likes sticking a swab down the back of their throat). These things are an inconvenience but they may be the difference between seeing relatives at Christmas or the greater inconvenience of further lockdowns and seeing those loved ones heading off to hospital in an ambulance.
You see, we are constantly making that choice. It’s funny isn’t it how we can complain about the inconvenience involved in booking our COVID vaccine which could save lives forgetting that we would have happily sat watching the countdown ticker before booking our Beyonce tickets or to see Bradford City play at Wembley (I’ve done one of these).
The other side of the coin is that I know church leaders who have been told adamantly by congregation members that it is completely unsafe to reopen the church building and so they won’t be re-joining in person worship. At the same time, the leader knows that those same members have been quite happy to go out for meals, travel on the Underground and go on holiday in the meantime.
You see, when we decide that something is inconvenient, especially when it becomes “too inconvenient” we are making a statement about what we value and when we suffer some inconveniences more patiently than others it indicates the relative value that we place on the outcome.
“Where your treasure is, there your heart is also” (Matthew 6:21
We choose our inconveniences because we choose our treasure.