Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Prescription

'When thirsty, draw from a well. If there is no well, dig one. If you don’t have a shovel, use your hands. If you have no hands, use your feet. If you have no feet, pray for rain. If it’s the dead of summer, die trusting that God will quench your thirst.'

Instinctively, we look for a convenience store instead. We take a drink. It’s easier that way, our immediate thirst is satisfied – and we can always go back. It just makes sense. Skill sets and tools aren’t necessary – besides, it’s a whole lot easier when someone hands it to you.

Over the years we've invested countless hours with hundreds of young people, parents, extended family members - peers, and young men aspiring for ministry.
Read our post below about LIFE, for context. Some of them make it, some of them don't.

I’ve marveled at the unfortunate result of broken homes, for instance. When father and or mother only keep the faith during service, there is no wonder why children are tempted to reduce the Gospel or reject it altogether, and blame the church. In many cases, parents are guilty of having only a form of Godliness, and have thus created this inequity in their homes by denying its true working power. Still, surprisingly, some siblings pull through, and, though grossly imperfect, choose righteousness. I know, because my sisters and I were some of those kids.

I’ve seen people offered and subsequently accept positions they were, by all means, unqualified for and unworthy of. I’ve seen people passed over for position, only to see those appointed fall flat on their face – because somewhere the anointing apothecary was spotted by iniquitous insects. I know, because I have not only seen both, I have been both the observer and the unworthy.

In time, however, all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

How do we make it? How do we avoid inevitable pitfalls that threaten to leave us broken, jaded, cynical, skeptical and untrusting?

We do so by taking Titus’ prescription for preventive care into consideration: a pure heart. I know, because I’ve had to keep my prescription current.

Titus 1:15 - Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

1 comment:

Scott Andrew said...

Good words bro. We have to be full of the very same grace that Christ gives to us. If we are not full and ready to grant grace and mercy, how then shall we call ourselves Christians (see def. of Christian).