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.
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14-15 Tue-Wed l'ship retreat (+ below)
14 Tue (7:15pm patch prayer mtg)
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16 Thu SL
17-19 Fri-Sun church-plant camping trip - Killbear
19 Sun 5pm fun dinner w/ VT - Burlington
20 Mon 8pm Malkutha oversight mtg (VS)
21 Tue 9:30pm time w/ JVDB (+ patch prayer mtg)
23 Thu poss. time w/ DonM/S
24-25 Fri-Sat writing training wknd - Hamilton
28 Tue 10am CCWM board mtg
31 Fri eve time w/ J/BA+

SEPTEMBER
2-3 Sun-Mon new-staff retreat - Faith Mission
3-7 Tue-Fri VT retreat - Faith Mission
21 Fri MI in-person board mtg
22-23 Sat-Sun poss. visiting AR/UJ+
27 to Oct 3 Thu-Wed Dollar-a-Day

OCTOBER
... Oct 3 (see above) Thu-Wed Dollar-a-Day
5-8 Fri-Mon Thanksgiving long weekend (Mon stat. hol.)
15 to Nov 15 Mon-Thu poss. Europe + India

NOVEMBER
(speaking at Pastor Y's church)
... Nov 15 (see above) Mon-Thu poss. Europe + India
17 Khev's conf
23 Fri MI online board mtg
29 ~J's dad's b'day (poss. party on 30th)

DECEMBER
29: KH/S wedding

2019 on
Feb 15-18: MIer conference
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Feb 18-22: VT retreat
Feb 22-30: time off (poss. Southern Africa)
Apr 1-3: poss. First Chair retreat
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