Sober Judgment

By: Chris Bunn

Romans 12:3

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.


The community of workers that supports our valley’s agricultural economy consists of almost 100% Hispanics. They are very diligent and committed laborers and do quality work. I call them professionals. Even though they do not receive six digit salaries, they are pros in their field and irreplaceable. Many of these hard working people have very sound moral principles and a great sense of pride.

As the boss or “patron” of our family farming business, one can easily get inflated, especially in a good lettuce market when everything is going well. One might really think he has done something clever to make this good profit when, in reality, it all comes through God’s provision and the hard work of many farm workers. I am humbled to think of all the effort that they put into the final outcome of our products and how little I really do.

I am blessed to be able to converse in Spanish. Thus, I sometimes find myself vulnerable to being approached by many of our workers with personal problems or issues. My first response is to want to avoid such relationships and possible entanglements. However, the Holy Spirit has shown me that I must respond.

To be Christ in the marketplace requires that we use our gifts for him. Over the years I have learned that when I do, I am blessed to be able to encourage someone and, at times, give wise Christian counsel. I am continually amazed how often I learn more from them than from what I have to offer.


TAKE THE CHALLENGE: When have I looked down upon or been judgmental towards someone in my workplace? What made me respond to them with pride?