And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." - 2 Corinthians 12:9
Recently I have been wrestling with some questions:
- What do I do when someone doesn't meet my expectations?
- What do I do when someone doesn't measure up?
- What do I do when those I love decide to invest poorly in their own future?
- What do I do when someone I am disciplining chooses destructive behavior?
- What do I do when I can't meet other's expectations?
- What do I do when the number of requests on my time out pace the time I have to give?
- What do I do when I don't have the solution or fail to move forward with a task or project?
- What do I do when the needs outpace the resources?
At the core of these questions is my lack of trusting God. The answer to each and every one of these questions is “God’s Grace.”
God says, “I love you, even when you are unloveable. I forgive you, even when you are unforgivable. You may be the dirtiest, nastiest, smelliest, ugliest, straight out of a pig sty human being, but, I still have a robe for you to wear, sandals for your feet and ring for your finger. I gave my Son for you because of who you are and not because of what you have done or will do. My Grace is sufficient for you. When you are weak, I am strong.”
MINISTRY UPDATE It has been a busy few months at The Shepherd’s House.
As you may recall, the majority of my time right now is spent working at The Shepherd’s House (TSH) in Bend, OR - a rescue mission not only providing emergency services for those in need in Central Oregon, but also providing long-term discipleship and habilitation for men battling life controlling issues like alcohol and drug abuse.
A change of environment, fresh air, and exercise are some of the key ingredients we try in inject into the habilitation program for the men at TSH. Each Friday we offer outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing, rock climbing, etc.
In July, some of the men had an opportunity to participate in 2 special trips - a week long camping trip at the Snake River on the border of Oregon and Idaho sponsored by UGM Portland Rescue Mission; and a 5 day backpacking trip into the Three Sisters Wilderness here in Central Oregon.
On the Snake River trip, 5 of our guys made a decision for Christ and were baptized in the Snake River.
For the backpacking trip, Curt Floski, our Executive Director, and I were part of the “supply team” delivering food and supplies by horseback into the base camp. The horses carried the supplies while we hiked 10 miles round trip on the first day, and 14 miles round trip on the last day of the trip. For two old guys who aren’t as active as we use to be, these 2 hikes were a bit of a challenge... but, we survived.
Sometimes we hear from the Lord in different ways. Most often it is directly through His Word.
Along with scripture, I’m the type of person who also learns (and am hopefully ‘teachable and willing to change’) through the wisdom of others who the Lord has been leading in ways different from what I have experienced in my life.
Over the past year I have read and continue to read about a dozen different books. Currently, I think I have started 3 different books...”Out of a Far Country” by Christopher Yuan & Angela Yuan; “What the Bible Says About Covenant” by Mont W. Smith; and “The Cure” by John Lynch, Bruce McNicol, and Bill Thrall.
“Out of a Far Country” is a story of Grace. It is a story of a prodigal son’s journey to God and a broken mother’s search for hope.
Thank you for listening. Thank you for your support.