Regardless of any theological clarifications and corrections that might be made to Bradley’s illustration, to do so would minimize their intent. He sees his work as a service to God.
I had never considered that someone as talented as Bradley, who is bringing me and many others great joy, and appears to be thriving on the mutual love fest that often happens at a live show, could actually be sacrificing in order to do so. At 67 years old, traveling on across the country in a tour bus, playing late night shows must certainly take its toll. But night after night, Bradley is out there. Even the encores don’t negate the fact that, at times, he is exhausted or sick or just having a bad day.
As I contemplated Bradley’s words and visual illustration, I came to appreciate three things;
First, I am thankful for those who, in using their God given talents in their work to bring me joy, do so in such a selfless manner that I do not recognize that they are ‘bearing a cross’.
Second, I am reminded that as a follower of Christ, I too am called to “shift the center of gravity in my life from a concern for self to a reckless abandon to the will of God.” That call includes how I do my job.