I’m Nowhere Near as Talented as the Real Tim Fall

[From the archives.]

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I always knew there must be a more talented and better looking me if only I could find him. Now I have, although he’s not me. Meet Tim Fall:

The More Talented, Better Looking Tim Fall

Actually, I already knew there was an actor named Tim Fall, with his own IMDB page and everything. I bet there have been a bunch of people with my name but this one looks to be in my generation and frankly I love his personal quote on his IMDB bio page:

“I’m really an actor just waiting for my big break as a waiter.”

This article was going to be about how I don’t need to be more talented or better looking by the world’s standards, because God looks at the heart and not outward appearances. (1 Samuel 16:7.) Then I realized that Tim’s personal quote is much more worthy of discussion.

How many of us are hoping to succeed, waiting for our ship to come in, or just wondering when we’ll finally grow up? I think I’ve discovered, though, that what I should really be waiting for is my big break as a waiter.

You see, Jesus said that being a servant is awesome. In God’s kingdom, servant-hood is the mark of true success. No one gets to the top by striving for the top. Instead, it’s by serving that you really make it in God’s kingdom:

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” (Mark 9:35.)

And again:

Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:42-45.)

So now I’m waiting for my big break as a waiter. Truth be told, Jesus has already given me that break. And I get to serve in his kingdom forever.

I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God … (Psalm 84:10.)

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20 Responses to I’m Nowhere Near as Talented as the Real Tim Fall

  1. I read his quote and immediately my thoughts went to the same place you have. Brilliant! 🙂

  2. A. Amos Love says:

    Tim

    Yes – Like…
    “You see, Jesus said that being a servant is awesome.”

    “In God’s kingdom, servant-hood is the mark of true success.”

    “So now I’m waiting for my big break as a waiter.”

    Ever notice – How many books, conferences, are about “Church Leadership?”
    There are lots and lots of them. And new ones being written as we speak… 😉

    Wouldn’t you think…
    After 2000 years, this “Church Leadership” thing would be figured out? 😉

    And – How many books, conferences, are about being a waiter – “Servant?”
    Yeah – NOT so much. Doesn’t seem to be a hot topic. A money making topic. 😦
    Yeah – NOT so many folks seeing themselves as “Servant” material… 😉

    Then, WE, His Sheep, His Ekklesia, His Church, His Called Out Ones…
    Take notice of Jesus as man. In Phil 2:7-8, Jesus as man, humbled Himself….
    Made Himself of NO reputation. And took on the form of a “Servant.”

    Then, WE, His Sheep, His sons, His Kings and Priests, His Ambassadors…
    Take notice of His Disciples, who Jesus taught NOT to be called Leaders…
    For you have “ONE” Leader, The Christ. Mat 23:10 NASB

    And NOT one of His Disciples called them self – Leader, or, servant-leader.
    NOT one of His Disciples called another Disciple – Leader, or, church leader.

    Seems, ALL His Disciples called themselves – “Servants.” 😉

    Psalm 138:6
    Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly:
    but the proud he knoweth afar off.

    • Tim says:

      Wonderful, Amos, wonderful insights. That verse in Psalm 138 is very telling too, isn’t it?

      The one book on servanthood that I remember reading form one of the more famous people is Chuck Swindoll’s “Improving Your Serve”. Then again, Chuck is one of those people who gained recognition without seeking it out and without letting it go to his head. He’s just another servant.

  3. Jeannie says:

    Thanks for re-running this, Tim. The other Tim sounds like a humble and down-to-earth person too. You know, “Servant Servers” might make a good book title — and it fits the waiter theme!

  4. A. Amos Love says:

    Tim

    This is info from Chucks bio at Stonebriar Community Church.
    http://www.stonebriar.org/about-us/staff-elders/staffmembers/sr.%20pastor-dr.%20chuck-swindoll/

    Dr. Chuck Swindoll – Sr. Pastor…
    Chuck Swindoll is the *founding pastor* of Stonebriar Community Church. His desire is to establish the church with a **solid biblical foundation** based on the faithful exposition of the Word of God. “
    —————

    This sounds real nice at first glance. Even sounds correct. WE, His Sheep, His Disciples, have heard these things: Often, again and again. And WE, His Kids, now think this language is biblical. But, Chuck’s Titles, Dr., Sr. Pastor, are NOT found in the Bible. Seems, in the Bible NOT one Disciple of Jesus, called them self, or had the “Title/Position” – pastor/leader/reverend.

    Yup – NO one, in the Bible, called them self or had the “Title” pastor-shepherd.
    And, Jesus taught His Disciples NOT to be called leader. And none did.

    “Titles/Postions” in christian-dumb, is a pet peeve of mine. 😉

    In my experience with having been “Ordained, in “Leadership.” And…
    In my experience with the “Title/Position” of **Today’s** “Pastor/Leader,”

    “Titles” become “Idols” ………….. “Idols” of the heart – Ezek 14:1-11 KJV
    “Pastors” become “Masters”……..A big No, No. Mat 23:10 KJV, Mat 6:24 KJV
    “Leaders” become “Deceivers”….Isa 3:12 KJV, Isa 9:16 KJV, Mat 15:14 KJV

    Titles will Separate – Titles will Elevate
    Titles will be used to Control and Manipulate.

    And today the “Title” pastor/leader comes with something “A Little Bit Extra.” 🙂
    Power, Profit, Prestige, Honor, Glory, Reputation – Your own parking space. 😉
    ALL those things Jesus spoke against. ALL those things highly esteemed…
    Among men – but, abomination in the sight of God. Luke 16:15

    Let me not, I pray you, accept any man’s person,
    neither let me give **Flattering Titles** unto man.
    For I know not to give **Flattering Titles;**
    in so doing my maker would soon take me away.
    Job 32:21 KJV

    Jer 50:6
    “My people” hath been “lost sheep:”
    **their shepherds** have caused them to *go astray,*

    1 Pet 2:25
    For ye were as *sheep going astray;*
    BUT are now returned to the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

    I’m Blest… I’ve returned to the Shepherd and Bishop of my soul…

    {{{{{{ Jesus }}}}}}

    • Tim says:

      Identifying Chuck Swindoll as the person who held the position of pastor is no different from Paul telling Timothy to appoint people to the position of elder. It’s a role, not a title.

  5. A. Amos Love says:

    Tim

    I remember reading, Chuck Swindoll’s “Improving Your Serve.” And some of his other books. Some about leaders, and leadership. Also listened to him on radio. Great voice and teaching. I guess, when I was new in the Lord, Chuck was one of My Hero’s of The Faith.

    And I believed him when he taught how important the Bible is. 🙂

    Then I began to read the Bible for myself. Found out lots of what Chuck taught, and did, was NOT in the Bible. Lots of what Chuck teaches seems to me to be, Commandments of Men, Doctrines of Men, Traditions of Men, that Make Void the Word of God. Mark 7:13. Just like most today who call them self, and take the “Title/Position,”- pastor/leader/reverend. Or, “Servant-Leader.”

    You even wrote about “The Ungodly Doctrine of Servant-Leadership”
    And Dallas Theological Seminary, D.T.S. – where Chuck is now chancellor…
    In their mission statement says – They are “equipping godly servant-leaders” 😦

    http://www.dts.edu/about/missionstatement/

    In my experience…
    Today’s pastor/leaders tend to “Ignore,” “Twist,” what Jesus taught His Disciples.

    His Disciples were taught…

    The “ONE” Shepherd – The “ONE” Leader – IS…

    {{{{{{ Jesus }}}}}}

    • Tim says:

      DTS, which Swindoll once led, using the phrase servant-leader is not what I would have chosen for them. To jump from that to the problems you note that some in leadership have created suggests that Chuck Swindoll is one of those problematic leaders. I have seen nothing to support that about him.

      Sorry Amos, but if we’re casting stones at leaders because they have not achieved perfection in theology and practice then I might as well close down this blog because I’m not perfect in theology and practice either.

  6. A. Amos Love says:

    Tim

    You write…
    “…but if we’re casting stones at leaders because they have not achieved perfection in theology and practice…”

    NOPE – NOT castings stones… I do NOT have all the answers either… 😉

    Maybe casting a few warnings…
    “…able also to admonish (warn) one another.” Rm 15:14.
    “…I ceased not to “warn” every one night and day with tears. Acts 20:31.

    1 – Casting a few warnings to those who have been abused, confused, by
    pastor/leader/reverends who have taken “Titles/Positions” NOT in the Bible.

    And have been taught by “Church Leaders?” to Pray, Pay, Stay and Obey… 😉
    Taught by Leaders? They are our Spiritual Leader. Our Spiritual Authority.
    And come between Jesus and WE, His Sheep, His Servants, His Ekklesia.
    When Jesus is our authority, The “ONE” Leader and The “ONE” Shepherd..

    2 – Casting a few warnings to those who have taken “Titles” NOT in the Bible.

    Seems Jesus, is the only “ONE” in the Bible with the Title – Shepherd/Leader.

    Why woulf someone take a “Title/Position” NOT in the Bible?
    When they say the Bible is the Word of God?

    Today, shepherd-pastor/leaders and their families, pay a horrible price…
    Have they taken the Name of the Lord? And taking that Name in Vain. Ex 20:7

    http://www.pastoralcareinc.com/statistics/

    80% believe pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families.
    80% of pastors’ spouses wish their spouse would choose a different profession.
    70% of pastors constantly fight depression. (That can NOT be good for the family)
    33% state that being in the ministry is an outright HAZARD to their family.

    3 – Casting a few warnings to those who are wanna-be pastor/leader/reverends…

    70% say they have a lower self-image now than when they first started.
    70% do not have someone they consider a close friend.
    50% of the ministers starting out will NOT last 5 years. (Of those who remain.)
    50% feel so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could…

    4 – Casting a few warnings to seminaries who can warn folks about these dangers.

    I agree @ June 7, 2014 at 9:02 am. You speak of pastors – “It’s a role, not a title.”
    When Chuck, and others…
    Take the “Title/Position” pastor/leader they are being examples – Yes?
    For others to take a “Title/Position,” pastor/leader, NOT in the Bible…
    And, a “Title/Position” NOT one of His Disciples had taken…

    IMO – In this sense – “Chuck Swindoll is one of those problematic leaders.”

    Jer 50:6
    “My people” hath been “lost sheep:”
    **THEIR shepherds** have caused them to *go astray,*

    1 Pet 2:25
    For ye were as *sheep going astray;*
    BUT are now returned to the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

    I’m Blest… I’ve returned to the Shepherd and Bishop of my soul…

    {{{{{{ Jesus }}}}}}

    • Tim says:

      Amos, I see what you’re saying but I have some disagreements.

      One, I don’t think Swindoll is a problematic leader at all.

      Two, your citations ignore passages such as 1 Corinthians 12:27-31 and Ephesians 4:11-13.

      Third, Paul repeatedly identified himself as an Apostle.

      Fourth, Paul also commended those who sought to be overseers (or bishops, in transliteration) as aspiring to a noble task in 1 Timothy 3:1.

      Fifth, Peter told his fellow leaders: “To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.” (I Peter 5:1-4.)

      So you see that there are supposed to be shepherds and other leaders in the church, and we have a Chief Shepherd over all.

  7. A. Amos Love says:

    Tim

    And I can understand our disagreements – I was ordained, in leadership…
    Taught the very things you are saying about shepherds and leaders…

    I see the verses you mention a little differently now. Since I left The Religious System in the early 90’s through much Pain, Tears, and Spiritual Abuse. My world, all I thought I knew, believed and trusted in was destroyed. – By “Church Leaders.” – Pastor/leaders. And, it seems most Spiritual Abuse comes thru pastors/leaders.

    The benefit was – I had NO place to go – but to go to Jesus… 😉

    I’ll do my best to answer your points. And explain how I see them today. This is a hugh challenge, understanding each other. There are thousands of Denominations today and Non-Denominations. Most pastor/leaders will say the Bible is The Word of God. Some say “Infallible,” some say “Inerrant. Yet – WE, His Sheep, His Ekklesia, His Called Out Ones, ALL seem to disagree about sumptin… 😉

    My perspective is from one coming through Spiritual Abuse.
    And wanting to comfort and protect others who have experienced Abuse.
    Wanting to warn and protect those who are being Abused and do NOT know it.

    And maybe, just maybe, preventing some of His Sheep, His Called Our Ones, from being Spiritually Abused, disappointed, disillusioned, deceived, by the 501 (c) 3, Non-Profit, Tax $ Deductible, Religious $ Corporation.

    That the IRS calls church.

    Should His Disciples call an IRS Corporation – His Church? His Body?

    And, wanting to encourage believers. They can go to Jesus directly for themselves.

    Jesus called Himself…
    The “ONE” Teacher – The “ONE” Leader – The “ONE” Shepherd

    Believers are free to follow a Mere Fallible Human who calls them self leader.
    Believers are is also free to follow – Jesus – Who calls Himself the “ONE” Leader.

    Gotta run now – I’ll try and get back to you Monday.

    What is popular is NOT always “Truth.”
    What is “Truth” is NOT always popular.

    • Tim says:

      Thanks for the dialog. This will have to be the last comment, as we are now far from the subject of the original post.

      Blessings,
      Tim

  8. A. Amos Love says:

    Tim

    Did you re-write history? 😉

    And I’ve been enjoying your blog – Your take on servants and secant-leaders.
    But now I feel Silenced, Shunned… 😦

    What happened to the first line of your comment @ June 8, 2014 at 1:47 pm?
    “I’m sorry you are no longer in fellowship with the body of Christ, Amos.”

    What happened to my final comment to you thanking you for the discussion?
    And explaining – I never left Jesus, or the fellowship of The Body of Christ?

    Why was I deleted? Why was I Silenced?
    Was I NOT following your “Comment Clues?” “Don’t be mean?” 🙂

    This has been my experience with “Pastor/Leaders” who Abuse.”
    “Church Leaders” addicted to Exercising Authority.”

    When you dis-agree – When you ask hard questions – They can NOT answer…
    They do what they can to Silence the questioner… Or, have them move on…
    Which will often Silence the others who dis-agree, or have questions…

    You ask for comments to reply to on the blog of Michelle Van Loon…
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/pilgrimsroadtrip/2013/05/out-to-the-margins-tim-fall/

    You say in the interview – “Over ten views to get one comment.
    I respond to most comments at my place, and I’d love to have more to reply to.”

    I’ve got lots of comments for you to reply to… 😉

    You write…
    “This will have to be the last comment,
    as we are now far from the subject of the original post.”

    The original post is about “Servants.” – And you call Peter a leader.
    But, in the Bible, NOT Peter, nor the Bible, calls Peter Leader.

    Peter calls himself a “Servant.” ALL the apostles called themselves “Servants.”

    2 Pet 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant…

    Why did you really end the discussion?

    • Tim says:

      Amos, it is nothing to do with any of that. You have gone way off topic and as I said that means the conversation should end with your last comment.

      So to answer your question as to why I “really” ended the discussion, it’s really because I see your comments as going off topic and, frankly, hijacking the comment thread.

      Thanks,
      Tim

  9. A. Amos Love says:

    Tim

    I apologise for hijacking the comment thread…

    Please forgive me…

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