I've had some interesting conversations the past few days, regarding well... life, frankly. It truly is amazing, how God works events and reveals who we are in light of who He is, and how He desires for us to live a life that honors in Him, in all that we say and do.
As comedian, Brad Stine says, "the truth always offends; that's it's job."
That said, I had an epiphany yesterday. No matter what the circumstances are and the actions of others as they respond to ours; the attitudes and responses that continue as the conversation unfolds and the justifications that follow... it's easy to split hairs to explain the differences and discern (or attempt to discern) our understanding of situations. And the epiphany was this...
"It's entirely possible to be wrong in your right-ness and right, in your wrong-ness"
Which immediately reminded my of one of the epic quotes from my favorite political drama on television...
"Just be wrong. Just stand there in your wrongness and be wrong and get used to it."
Of course, this line is delivered in response, to someone else trying to continue their point by saying "However..." It's quickly met, with "No. No however...just be wrong..."
Why all this? Because life is hard. To understand. To figure out. To make sense of things. Parts of it are easy. Other parts should be easier. Often it is and we simply drop the ball. Or perhaps it's just me.
But in the end, we are not perfect. We fail. Consistently. On an epic scale. Of massive proportions. On both human and intellectual levels. And since we are all human and we all are capable of miserably missing the mark (and often do) my heart goes out to church leaders as they endeavor to accomplish the purpose and calling God has placed on them to live and impact their community for Christ.
It's hard to understand how God uses it all, but He does. And we are all better of as result. As Brad Stine says, "I don't want a God I can understand." For in essence, if God can only do what is within our level of understanding, then we are all in for a world of hurt. So, it is just as well, that God is God and we are not. All the more reason to call on Him and seek His face.
Pray, this #deaconThursday, that such desire would be the focus of church leaders, deacons, administrators and staff. For the decisions they face today and the circumstances they find themselves in... whatever it likes like, right or wrong, as they sort out and navigate their way through situations; pray God's guidance and direction in the hearts and minds. May their conversations be filled with the truth, even when it offends and places us in uncomfortable positions. Pray for a strength and a help from on high, to respond appropriately to correction and heed advice when given to us. May it be weighed with the truth and revelation of God's Word, in that it would draw us closer to Him; to be made more like the reflection of Christ.
Grace in failure.
Strength in the lesson.
Success in the process.
For the glory of God
For the fulfillment of His calling.
Just a man, attempting to fulfill God's plan. Husband, Dad, Dreamer. Blogger.