A year ago, the State of Texas was hit with a horrible storm in Hurricane Harvey. The power of this storm yielded damage and loss that was hard to fathom until one could experience it first-hand. We were able to be a small part of the groups moving up and down the coast of Texas, across Houston, and into the bayous surrounding the Beaumont area trying to bring forth aid and relief to those that lost most of their worldly possessions. These scenes will forever be etched in my mind, but not for just the natural disaster that took place, but for the heroic efforts of people risking their own well being to save others. These people are heroes and their sacrifices must never be forgotten.
It’s been some tough and crazy times around here lately and this morning I focused on Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know I am God”. In my study I also went to Mark 4:39 where Jesus was awakened by his frightened disciples while sleeping on a boat during a terrible storm. Jesus awoke after a very long day which had caused them to move to the boat to recharge…..”Peace, be still!” The rain and wind stopped and it was immediately calm.
God is our refuge….stop and just listen.
People are struggling and they need help, but you still must have order to optimize your effort in the midst of chaos. We are naturally motivated to see a problem and want to fix it. That’s a good thing. If you can take that motivation and filter it into an organized system, an even greater result will occur even among chaotic times.
Insist upon accountability, but keep doing the work!
The recent resignation of Bill Hybels, Founder of Willow Creek Community Church outside of Chicago, has rocked the evangelical world. There are plenty of reasons for anger, distrust, etc. but as the dust settles, it should be a call to action for all followers of Jesus to take a step back and insist on clear levels of accountability/transparency for all organizations they choose to join or support. (more…)