It was one of those days when the legs were dragging and breathing was a bit of a struggle. Fortunately my son helped me out as we wrapped up all our morning work. His help got me across the finish line for that day.
Early on, the Apostle Paul had to get some new Christians back to work after they thought Christ was returning almost immediately and therefore didn’t need to work as they prepared for the Return. We’ve heard of people being so heavenly minded that they weren’t much earthly good. Just a reminder to them that even the great Apostle Paul used his skill as a tent maker, so as not to be a burden to others.
Believers walk a fine line between faith and works. Ideally we try to live in a way that when we get in a bind and are struggling, we recognize His hand in the process such as sending my son to help when I was almost pooped. When we realize that something almost miraculous happened to us or that we just dodged a bullet, our first reaction should be one of thanks and praise.
Bad things and bad times will occur. The Bible says the rain falls on the just and the unjust. How we receive it and how we react tells a lot about our faith and our character. Nobody wants trouble.
We may have given a thought about how we’d handle the situation if we were called on to help out with a family member or friend needing shelter from life’s storms. The actual event can be almost overwhelming. Seems like almost every routine gets disrupted. Bathrooms get occupied. Washing machines get tied up. Who cooks what and when factors in. TV viewing may get interrupted as different spaces get occupied. Closets may have to be rearranged and more hangers located. Who parks where in the driveway or on the street.
Beneath it may arise financial issues as your new house guests may not be able to help as much as you’d like as groceries may mingle or utilities rise with greater usage. You’re not wanting to be Scrooge as you have one eye on your retirement. You may find yourself wondering if you can make it stretch as prices rise. Hopefully the visitors can help with the load as they get back on their feet.
Most of us confronted with a family or close friend situation are going to do what we can to help out. As we do, it may give us a whole new appreciation for those good old dull quiet days alone or with a spouse. Who would have thought life could change so much. Hopefully through it all maybe we’ll find hidden blessings and knowledge we’ve done a good thing.
By Dr. Juan Harrison