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This Week at JMPC 3.15.2020

In the summer of 2017, one of the big sports stories in Pittsburgh was the Le’Veon Bell hold out. Bell was a restricted free agent and wanted a new contract that would make him the highest paid running back in the NFL. The Steelers were not ready to go there, so they did what the NFL player contract allowed. They labeled him their “Franchise Player” and thus committed to give Bell a one-year contract for an amount no less than the average of the top five salaries at Bell’s position. That number was $12.1 million dollars. If Bell wanted to play football in 2017, that was the deal. But he wanted more. So, he didn’t show up for work, at least for a while. Bell thought he was entitled to more because he believed himself to be of superior ability and of particular importance to the Steeler offense. He might have been right. That has been the mantra of professional athlete holdouts since Babe Ruth claimed that he should get paid more that the President of the United States because Ruth had had “a better year”. Isn’t that what we all expect? “I should be paid what I’m worth!” “I should be paid more because I am better!” But here is the problem. It is the person who is paying you that decides what you are worth, right? It is the person who is paying you that decides who is the best worker, and who gets paid the most. When our expectation and our employer’s valuation are not on the same page, like the Steelers and Bell in 2017 (and beyond), trouble ensues. It was like that in Jesus’ day, too. But Jesus says that is not necessarily how God works. Come and hear about it Sunday March 15 at 8:30 and 11 when Pastor Jeff preaches “Let it go – Expectations” based on Matthew 20: 1-16. We will look forward to seeing you.

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