Posted by: zephaniah317 | April 26, 2009

Overcoming

I was listening to the Mosaic podcast by Erwin McManus this morning, and I loved the main point of his sermon.  I’ll paraphrase:

You don’t overcome great failure/crisis in your life with great success.  Too often we try to get out of the crisis or whatever situation we’re in that’s causing, at least, discomfort, and at most, life-threatening, overwhelming pain, by either hoping that that “big break” comes along, or that we’ll hit that “home run”, etc.  When, in fact, great failure/crisis is overcome with great faithfulness.  He used the story of Naomi in the book of Ruth as an example, but also the example of the North Carolina Tar Heels winning this year’s NCAA championship.  Now, yes, I understand, getting blown out in the Final Four in 2008 does not qualify as great of a failure or crisis as losing your husband and both sons in the middle of a time of famine, as Naomi did.  BUT, the faithfulness needed – by Ruth to stand by Naomi’s side, as well as the faithfulness needed (and given) by the UNC basketball players to postpone the millions of dollars they’ll be making in the NBA to return and pursue a national championship one more time – those are the same.  Both require hard work, sacrifice, and keeping our focus on God (in Ruth’s instance).  And it always pays off.  Maybe not in the way we intended it to, or hoped it would, but in God’s eyes, it does, if we’re faithful to Him.

And, as impatient as I am, and have been in my life, this was a good thing to hear today.

Have a great week!

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