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Have You Ever Wondered

If it were easy, we’d never grow, we’d never discover ourselves, we’d never follow the path that He’s guiding us down. How do we make the choices of love, careers, friends, and even our lifestyle? Some people seem to be born with the golden spoon, everything they say or do, flawless, money to spend, money to burn, the home that is worth millions, and a life that has others green with envy.

While others live paycheck to paycheck, always working hard for every penny, never knowing if they’ll have enough for groceries, never enough extra in the paycheck to purchase a want or even pay for the unexpected.

How does this happen? I’ll never forget the time I listened to two men tell their stories of how they tithe. It was fascinating to listen to the older man, who had worked hard all of his life to provide for his family. He and his wife lived a comfortable life, their children grown and on their own; however, what was interesting is that this man didn’t feel it was necessary to purchase lavish homes, clothes or vehicles, nor did his family take lavish trips. Instead, he talked about loading the family into the station wagon, how his wife would pack food into the picnic basket and off they would go to enjoy time together, as a family.

Now the younger man’s story was quite opposite. He was a man of wealth, someone who craved a lavish home, clothes, vehicles, and trips; not so much quality family time. The younger man most definitely hadn’t seen hardship nor a lack of income. He even took a moment to share that his wife always tells him “not to worry, we’re very well off.” His story of tithing was not one of sacrifice or going without what he wants. His is one of his needs; first, everything else comes last.

Most of the audience reacted the same, honestly not knowing if the younger man even realized what he was saying. I found myself walking out of the building in silence, not sharing my thoughts with anyone as I could only pray that God shed some light on this man’s life.

Hebrews 13:5: Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with such things as you have.

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The Search

What should be a typical summer, it’s not. When you’re forced to be on an unpaid vacation; one you couldn’t prepare for, one you didn’t ask for. But how to keep things sane? There is nothing ordinary about this. Seriously, who yanks the carpet out from under another person knowing a family is in peril, that children’s lives have turned upside down?

It’s difficult to not dwell on the actions of others that have sent your world spinning out of control; to focus on the task ahead is difficult, almost daunting. Now what? Where to start? Sure there are lots and lots of online postings from employers hiring. You’re diverse, quite the background, achievements and work experience; however, you know this will be a strike against you as someone with your skill level doesn’t find a job by accident, you have to know someone.

You put out feelers, make contact after contact with colleagues. When you’re the one who typically helps others, asking for help is difficult. A few respond with keeping their ears open, while others actively send you job postings they’ve come across. It’s overwhelming, almost scary to think that you’ve shared with others your pain.

Philippians 4:6-7:  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

The Actions of Others

How we react to the actions of others reflects who we are, correct? But it’s not easy to stand by and when others attack. Who wouldn’t jump in and rescue their friend when they require help? Are you the bad person for not backing down?

The other day I was reading a nicely written piece about our actions and doing what is right. One line that stayed with me was we should always take the right actions even when it’s difficult – if you talk the talk then walk the walk. We all come across those that test us and pray that our actions reflect who we are when dealing with a difficult situation.

At one of my children’s sporting events, a group of parents and grandparents of an opposing team displayed such poor behavior toward opposing teams, their fans, and others at the game, that their boldness led them to target a child. The child, who did not know these people, was being bullied while playing, and even though officials spoke with the adults that were misbehaving, in their eyes, they were doing nothing wrong.

Interestingly enough, the parents of the child that had become the focus of the poor behavior did something that made me take notice; they rose above all of the harsh words and walked away. I could only smile as this couple surrounded their child and calmly made their way to their vehicle even with the bullies on their heels.

I had the opportunity to commend the parents and their daughter on their actions as I was very impressed. As we talked about the incident, I learned that several officials attempted to diffuse the situation and that this isn’t the first time that particular group of adults had bullied a child and their team penalized due to their poor behavior. Even though the bullies weren’t going to give up, neither the parents nor their daughter responded to the taunting.

I was curious as to how they were able to keep their composer and not lash out. The mom’s response was simple, “what good would it have done to act as they did… what would that have taught our daughter.” If only more people would walk the walk.

2 Corinthians 5:20: Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.