How easily we can get thrown off course. Often times, as it relates to our task list (as known as productivity meter, scale of accomplishment and "when does this day end" display). More often though, and sometimes harder to recognize (or admit), is our change in attitude.
Maybe there really was a problem and now, you don't know how to proceed. Maybe everything was fine, then suddenly. a wrong word and an even worse response and the escalators are moving. Which one do you head for?
Is this your chance to let it all out; shout from the rooftops?
Is this your opportunity to let it go; release to the depths to be forgotten?
Such moments are never timed well, either. Or they are. Devised by the enemy of our souls to prove that He can take our focus off what matters for eternity; get us frustrated with those closest to us; taint our witness and hinder the task at hand, whatever its ranking on the scale of importance.
If this is what transpires in the life of the everyday believer, how much more is the enemy determined to thwart the days' events of those in ministry. Pastors, deacons, administrators, volunteers. Anything to throw your balance, your focus, your determination, your concentration, your game plan, your attitude and your desire to fulfill the plans and purposes God has in store for you.
The minutia will lead the way in causing angst and frustration, until bigger pieces of the puzzle are affected. Suddenly, you're throwing or dodging some pretty serious snowballs.
If only we can keep our eyes focused on Christ.... we can walk on water. (as sung by Audio Adrenaline, on the Bloom album).
Pray, this #deaconThursday, that no matter what we face; whether they be natural challenges or seemingly "out-of-nowhere" problems, that deacons, admins and staff, as well as pastors, would remain focused on Jesus. May they take every opportunity to cast their cares on Him; whether they be distractions, frustrations or recognizing a change in attitudes that doesn't glorify God. Prayer cooler heads would prevail when tensions begin mounting. Pray for discernment in handling difficult people and grace for those recognize their tendency to be difficult. The body of Christ be strengthened, as each person works on becoming the person God intended and has planned in advance for them to become.
May the promises of God that are yes & amen come to fruition for those who love Him.
For His glory. By His grace. For the cause of Jesus Christ.
Just a man, attempting to fulfill God's plan. Husband, Dad, Dreamer. Blogger.