Fear is a natural part of life. Some fears help keep us safe, but many people are plagued by unnecessary fears. These fears limit their ability to operate in the …
The images of the destruction the southeastern part of Texas has experienced are overwhelming. Hurricane Harvey devastated many lives.
Emotions have stirred as we watched families waded through filthy water in search of dry ground. Many have acted while watching parents carry children in an attempt to escape with their lives. We have heard the twenty-four-hour news coverage telling the same basic story over and over. They have said, “This area has never flooded, but this time it did and this family lost everything.”
It is a story of devastation and grief, but at some point, you are ready to change the channel or stations. You care, but the situation is overwhelming. Those dealing with this reality are tired from the work they are doing to recover. The rest of us are dealing with compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue is when repeated exposure to a tragedy experienced by others begins to desensitize you to the situation.
I say, “the supremacist movement of any race is sinful in its origin.”
In considering this statement, it is important to begin from the starting point of – God has always been, is today, and forever will be. God said, “Let us make man in our image.” God was the Creator and man was the created. Adam was formed and God breathed the breath of life into him.
The supreme One in this picture was and is God. The subordinate was and is man… all mankind.
As leaders, we can become fearful regarding the part we play. There have been many times fear has come upon me as I’ve contemplated the task at hand. We all have the responsibility to connect people with their Heavenly Father. It is a great honor, but also a great responsibility. When we recognize the weight of this reality, the enemy can use that revelation to speak fear into our lives. We must refuse this fear!
As teams work together there are always opportunities for conflict and misunderstandings to arise. It is human nature. We have the choice to be part of the solution or exacerbate the problem. I encourage you to choose to be a solution finder! How do you become a solution centered part of the body of Christ? Let me share a few ideas with you.
The whole plan is necessary to receive the whole benefit. Don’t pick the pieces you like and leave the rest thinking you are going to get the benefit of the whole plan!
We have a healthy diet in our home, but recently we enjoyed a “cheat day”. It was a day of debauched eating! We indulged in several delicious deviations from our norm. The next morning Kristy and I sat in the living room drinking our coffee. She looked at me and said, “You led me astray!”
I asked, “How did I do that?”
In this series called Faith Gaps, we are looking at how to deal with life issues when our faith isn’t enough. Faith Gaps are areas where your certainty in God, His promises, and His truths can be shaken. Everyone has them, but if you can identify your Faith Gaps you can avoid getting stuck in them. A faith gap isn’t a sign of weak faith or a source of condemnation. It is an opportunity for growth!