Be the Solution
There is nothing harder than trying to be the answer to a problem that you have agreed to try and repair. You had zero to do with the problem, but you become the target of all the venom that was created by those that did. It’s not for the weak of heart or character, but in the end it is still worth it.
A little under a decade ago, I decided to leave the secular world to give back to the work of Non-Profits and try to do God’s work with the skill set He has blessed me to have. What I soon realized was doing work for the less fortunate is even harder than working in the business world. Yes, most people are in it for the right reasons, but many let their own personal agendas get in the way of the work of the organization. These people are the one’s that directly impact the ministry in a very negative way. It’s so sad to see their once good intentions become more about personal well-being than those they profess to serve.
An additional component in the dynamic is that there are people that have been engaged to an organization and over time have an affinity for individuals, but have no idea the chaos that those people were creating within the organization. This creates a strange situation in that those brought in to try and repair all the damage, end up catching the wrath of those that are hearing of the problems for the first time. The ones that created the problem are long gone, but those trying to repair the issues are left to deal with the anger. It’s a bad deal, but becomes common place to those willing to sacrifice themselves to try and get an organization back in line.
The truth is that in order to do the work of the less fortunate, you must be a person of significant faith and fortitude to deal with the challenges that are to come before you. You must know that regardless of how transparent you try to be, many do not take the time to understand, but react based on long built relations that could cloud their judgement. The weak will not be able to endure such a difficult challenge. You must be focused on the desired result and in the end, keep being the solution regardless of the chaos that will ensue. It’s why many are not equipped to do this type of work. Those that are, deserve a lot of credit and admiration for doing a job very few would ever want to do or handle. It reminds me of the Apostle Paul’s teachings in Romans:
14 For we know that the law is spiritual – but I am unspiritual, sold into slavery to sin.15 For I don’t understand what I am doing. For I do not do what I want – instead, I do what I hate. 16 But if I do what I don’t want, I agree that the law is good. 17 But now it is no longer me doing it, but sin that lives in me.18 For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For I want to do the good, but I cannot do it. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but I do the very evil I do not want!20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer me doing it but sin that lives in me. 21So, I find the law that when I want to do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God in my inner being. 23 But I see a different law in my members waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that is in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sins.
– Romans 7 (14-25)
The Apostle Paul’s teaching in verses 14-25 really hit a nerve for people that have chosen to follow Jesus. You could even consider his frank talk to be very depressing and hopeless taken at face value. The great news is that Paul does not stay focused on the weakness of the flesh, but exposes it to prepare for God’s provision for living in Romans 8.
8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3For God achieved what the law could not do because it was weakened through the flesh. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and concerning sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the righteous requirement of the law may be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit. 6For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace.
– Romans 8 (1-6)
Romans 7 really strikes a believer hard and could be a reason to be very disappointed in living in the flesh. The great news is that Romans 8 sets all of that aside and provides all of us as believers hope through our faith in Jesus Christ. This is God’s good news for all of us who are sinners of the flesh, but have the promise of life in the Spirit. That is what helps us all be the Solution during such difficult times. Do not let the challenges of the life detract you from trying to be the solution and don’t stray away from helping Non-Profits that are focused on doing God’s work. It is the journey you have been asked to undertake and regardless of the impression of others, God is in full control.
Thank you to all who have taken up this task to stand in the gap and come under fire regardless of who lit the flame. Never forget its about Him, not us! Love you all!