Wait and Let God Avenge For You Like Only God Can
Forgiveness is the directive of the Lord, even as we receive the Lord’s forgiveness. But there is a reckoning to be had for all unrepentant perpetrators. As all deserve mercy if one receives mercy, such mercy is only available to those who do justice.
When Experience Gets in the Way of Empathy
The conversation went a little like this: ‘Others (i.e. you) don’t really know what this is about’ to which I said, ‘Yes, but I’ve been through the same sort of season in the past.’ There was tacit agreement. The person had to agree. They knew my story, and they knew I understood. But their point was, ‘But you’re not there now.’
Those Precious Moments Missed Are Lost
Having made the choice to attend a work function and miss spending time with my five-year-old son it was easy to reconcile the matter – there are plenty of those times. Trouble is, there are not plenty of those times. He is already five years old. In a reflective moment we’re given to the sadness that he is no longer two or three, or even a baby.
We Are Here for You
It wouldn’t be an unusual scenario in any of our lives to have a loved one or dear friend who needs to know, ‘we are here for you.’ There are people all over the planet who feel that way right now.
Okay, So How Am I to Challenge Someone Who Hates Being Criticised?
For someone who hates being criticised, God had a sense of humour when a while back someone asked me as pastor the above question. I’ve had to learn a lot about accepting criticism over the years, especially the last several. Just when I’ve thought ‘I’m good at this’ God has brought a new lesson front-and-centre to show me just how insecure I can be. No matter how unfair criticism is, I’ve had to learn there’s always some truth in there to be gleaned. So, with that background I’m taking the role of suggesting ways to approach someone like me.