Friday, December 14, 2007

Experiencing a crisis?

At the risk having you wonder what the motivation behind this post is, I wonder, Are you experiencing a crisis of some kind? When I'm in a crowd, it seems like most people have it all together. However, when you can get past the surface of someone's life, you will often find that he or she is experiencing a crisis, a tragedy, or something very stressful. I believe this is true of many kids as well as adults.

I've often thought that life is tough for nearly everyone. In fact, while we can always know a degree of joy (1 Thessalonians 5:16), I don't think we should ever be too far away from mourning (Romans 12:15) - at least with other people who are mourning (and there are always plenty).

And if life is a bed of roses than we obviously aren't too close to many people for whom it is a constant struggle.

So, if most of us are experiencing a crisis or tragedy or stress-creator of some kind, we may be tempted to refrain from reaching out, from moving out of our comfort zones, or from putting ourselves out on a limb for others. But we need to keep doing these things, even if we'd rather just curl up in a warm bed. (Plus it's good for us to help us take the focus off ourselves.)

Life is tough. But many other people have it tougher. And God wants us to live for Him. So let's do it.
ar TORONTO, CANADA | 2022+

NOVEMBER

22 Tue 5:30pm dinner (S/M/NN+)
25 Fri (1) 3pm ph call (LP), (2) 3:30pm Tw mtg (DL)
28 Mon (1) 9:30am VT prayer mtg, (2) 1pm ET video mtg (EvR), (3) 2pm ET video mtg (Europe)
29 Tue (1) 10am mtg (JSh), (2) 3pm mtg (SM+)

DECEMBER
2 Fri (1) 12noon mtg (Ray), (2) 2:30pm time w/ DrPL
6 Tue 6:30pm Lounsbury Christmas party
8 Thu MVT board mtg
9 Fri ~J working
10 Sat afternoon/evening MVT Christmas party
14 Wed (1) 4pm video mtg (SM), (2) 8pm Bible reading group
16-18 Fri-Sun possible Ottawa
24 Sat Christmas eve - neighbourhood
26 - Jan ~8 Time off

2023+
... Jan ~8 Time off
Jan 20 10am CCWM board mtg
April 22-24 Sat-Mon Manitoba ministry trip
May 5 Fri CCWM board mtg (Fri)