In time of uncertainty, we all have something we fall back on.
If you ask military types or first responders, they will tell you to “always remember your training.”
For me, that takes me back to things I learned from my parents.
A lot of people have stories about their Dad that involve things he said. “Dad always said …”
My Dad was more a man of action. So when I find myself at a crossroads, or a time of crisis, I try to think of the things my Dad did. As I look back, Dad was always praying. My fondest memories include him sitting at the kitchen table in the morning eating a bowl of Cherrios and reading his Bible.
As my life becomes more complicated, and I edge closer to some major changes — professionally and personally — I have been following my Father’s example and praying to find the correct path to take.
But in my experience, as the walls start to close in on you, sometimes you need to take a step back and take the focus off of yourself.
The other thing you would always find my Dad doing was helping others. Even during his biggest struggles in life, he would always be finding ways he could help you, any way he could.
As I have been pondering all of this, I received my daily email from Air1 Radio, with their Bible Verse of the Day. Sometimes I open it and take a look, other times I can get busy and not see what they send me. Today I looked …
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them, intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them” — I Timothy 2:1
Sometimes God is not so subtle with his message.
The Bible calls for us to be subject to one another, to serve one another. So in setting aside all of my own drama and worries … what can I do to help you.
I am not quite the handy man my Dad was, but I can still help. What do you need today? Do you need lifted up in prayer, someone to lean on, a shoulder to cry on, or just an ear to listen. I am here for you.
A while back I had a friend call, with some personal family issues that were getting out of control. He was not a “religious” person, but he knows where I am with things, so he spilled all of the family drama to me, not really looking for advice, so much, as someone to just listen, and say a prayer.
Sometimes it seems like that is not doing much, but for a person in need, it can make all the difference in the world.
I am here for you. If we all took time to set aside our own drama and unselfishly help one another, maybe we come to realize our own problems aren’t so big.
As usual, I have a song in mind. Toby Mac’s “I’m for You” where he asks to “let me be the voice through all the noise”
“I know the feeling
I know it’s real when the drama’s all in your face
You see a mountain
I hear a promise – it’s never more than we can take
Well it ain’t over, ’til it’s over
We can learn from our mistakes
So let me be the voice through all the noise”
I am praying for you all, and giving thanks …