To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions

MEETING PEOPLE'S NEEDS

Posted on Oct 23, 2019 by Steve Kelton

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In Atlanta a woman tried to run over another woman and rammed her SUV into the front of the gas station building several times. She narrowly missed hitting other people that were at the station. Apparently, some words were said between the driver and the woman that was the target of the driver’s rage. One witness stated that the driver said that she was “having a bad day.”

In Arkansas, a would be robber encountered a convenience store clerk who refused to give him any of the store’s money. The robber said to the clerk, “I hate to do this,” as he lifted his shirt to reveal the gun that he had and demanded $40. After the clerk’s refusal to hand over the money the robber said that he needed the money for insulin. The clerk then gave the robber $40 of his own money to buy the insulin. The robber thanked the clerk and shook his hand before leaving.

There is no doubt that there are extreme pressures on many people in these days of job losses, investment disasters, and home foreclosures. But surely there is a better way to handle these pressures than by blindly lashing out at others or by turning to criminal activity.

What would it take for you to lose it and go off the deep end? How much pressure would have to be exerted before you abandoned your faith, and began to act like a non-believer? Would only a few harsh words spoken at the wrong time send you over the edge like it did the woman in Boston? Would your health needs force you to turn to criminal activity?

When we are faced with seemingly impossible situations as Christians we are to be “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.” How is this possible? Only through supernatural empowerment is it possible. It is not possible in our own strength to survive the pressures of life without at some point “losing it.”

God has the resources that we need to cope with whatever we may encounter in life. Instead of lashing out at others, stop and pray, and then you will experience “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,” which “will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Instead of turning to crime, turn to God - “casting all your care upon Him.” By placing your problem, your need into the hands of God, you will allow Him to give you wisdom, guidance, and the provision that you need.

Just having a bad day is not a good reason for a believer to go off the deep end, because as Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” - Dr. Joe Pettegrew

This is from a devotional I receive daily by email. It reminded me that no matter how bad we think it is, God always is the answer. I hope this provides a little comfort for y’all in your daily struggles. I know it has for me!

In case you didn’t know Psalm 118:24 was one of Dad’s favorite scriptures and he lived it out every day. Let’s put this verse in our pocket and “go be the church!”



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