Tuesday, January 31, 2017

From the Heart - Friendship

As I prepare myself for the day, I am reflecting on a situation that occurred yesterday and how we can be blessed even under the most stressful of situations. Over the past couple of weeks, Karla and I have been going through some very difficult times and continue to face the unknown. There are so many parts to this story so I will not bore you with the details. Suffice it to say, things are causing a lot of fear, uncertainty and doubt in our lives. We continue to pray and ask for discernment and wisdom to make the right choices.

Yesterday was an example of a right choice made not by thought but by the heart. Karla and I, through a mutual friend, met a wonderful couple, Jeff Todd and his lovely wife, Frances. We needed some work done around the house and, since we are still very new to Newnan, did not know who to call for help. A friend of ours, Allison, gave us the name of a handyman who could help us. It was the best thing that happened to us.

Jeff and Frances are both Christians. Both have a loving heart and truly exemplify the virtue of Christian love. Jeff and I had a long conversation regarding our faith and I shared with him my fears, uncertainties and doubts. Through his words, I gained a better perspective of my life and where things stand. 

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been consumed by worry over things outside of my control. Yes, even pastors have those types of moments. We all do. I, however, continued to struggle through my problems. I needed to hear the words of faith and trust spoken by another. Jeff ministered to me. We all need someone who has the spiritual gift of sharing the Word and the ability to bring things into crystal-clear clarity. 

So, I dedicate this article to Jeff Todd and Frances as well as his ministry. If you have a chance, please visit his ministry site, argseries.com. As I write this article, Proverbs 18:24 comes to mind.

Proverbs 18:24 (NLT)

There are “friends” who destroy each other,
    but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.

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