The giant package of goodies arrives at the office in a plain brown box. Upon opening it, one finds layers and layers of the most delectable goodies one can imagine: Cookies, candies, cheese spreads, chocolate pretzels, jelly beans, crackers, apples, tangerines, dried fruit, and nuts, not to mention the bright and festive napkins, plates and wrapping paper.
What a glorious gift, wrapped in such a plain brown box! With glee, the first to open the box runs from cubicle to cubicle, saying, “Come see the goodies! You don’t want to miss this! It’s too wonderful to imagine! Come and taste…see that the………….”
Every judge in the land has a heavy responsibility to hear out all parties in their court and then make a decision based upon evidence provided. They are trained and skilled listeners who know the law of their jurisdiction and have vital skills in discernment and decision making.
Every police officer has the same challenge when gathering information from witnesses regarding a certain event. Many witnesses mean more stories to plow through.
You and I both know that the job of being the pastor or a leader within a church sounds noble, but it quickly becomes a nightmare when emotions flare and the ‘children’ bicker in the Church Family.
What to do when evil men reign? Today I ended up on a site with GRAPHIC photos of children who have died at the hands of (ISIS) evil men.
My head began to spin and I thought my heart would pound out of my chest. The past week has been filled with horrendous articles and stories posted on Facebook about ISIS and how they have already infiltrated our country …
So many emotions rose up – despair, hopelessness, panic, anger, hatred, fury …
And then I remembered …
A great deal of people have stayed in relationships that ranged from friendship to business to marriage to church attendance, and it was the last place they should have stayed. Staying for the benefit of others is not a good enough reason to stay. God is bigger than divorce – of COURSE He hates it! He hates that it occurs at all, and He hates what it does to people.