There is an amazingly profound power in the analysis of the impact of a single event, action or word and its' long-term ripple effect.
The rally of support and laud when that impact is the result of something positive will be memorialized for a great deal of time.
Conversely...consider the analysis of the negative. The seemingly insignificant of life that happens to be a point of negativity in your life or in one you interact with regularly. It doesn't matter in light of eternity, nor in 100 years, but it matters today. It matters now. Waiting to be dealt with.
Chinese Water Torture. It wasn't the dowsing of water over your head at once that would wear you down, but the anticipation of receiving it "one drop at a time" would eventually create a long-term, negative impact... a perceived "hollowing-out" of your forehead.
A succession of negative drops making their impact; the feeling that you are just waiting, knowing another one is just around the corner...this is how life feels at times. A mistake, a problem, an issue...whatever it is, there's a sense that whatever period of respite there may be will be short-lived.
Those inside the church struggle with it just like those outside the church. The ministry feels it as much as the marketplace.
Agonizing as it may be, our refuge is found in God, as the Psalmist writes in chapter 34.
Pray this #deaconThursday for those in church operation, as well as pastors, struggling with the seemingly never-ending battle of negative circumstances and issues they face. Pray a new-found focus and determination to rely on God's strength to endure, and wisdom to navigate through the mess. May they find rest for there souls with God as their refuge. Pray the effects of the positive work they accomplish for the glory of God forever outlast the negative impacts of mistakes and decisions, for whatever their reason; that God would work it all out.
For the good of those who love God. Who are called according to His purpose. To accomplish all that He has for them.
Just a man, attempting to fulfill God's plan. Husband, Dad, Dreamer. Blogger.