Well is has been an interesting week for me: I had a question come up and I do not seem to have the answer. I was glad when I went to a Men’s Advance on Friday and Saturday – IT HELPED… OH – the Question: “How do you see the people who interrupt your schedule? Do you see them as a nuisance or as the reason for your life and ministry?” Maybe that is two questions…
This has been a problem for me recently – Loving those who are causing my life to be interrupted (Not my wife guys). The battle seems to be raging strong at the present time – and people are looking at me to see how I react…. This is a hard one for me – but I know that I must finish well. SO WHAT DO I DO?
A Pastor friend shared this verse at the Men’s Advance that started to explain why I am struggling: Ecclesiastes 3:11 – He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
My Study Bible describes this as: God has “set eternity in the human heart”. This means we can never be completely satisfied with the earthly pleasures and pursuits. Because we are created in God’s Image, (1) we have a spiritual thirst (2) we have eternal value (3) nothing but the eternal God can truly satisfy us.
So as I struggle with my issue – I need to understand that I must be looking at the One who has created all of these people who are interrupting me before I can be at peace about how they are affecting me. Yes, the Battle is raging but God is in Control and he can handle the enemy. I must focus on HIM and then look at the ones who are causing me to take pause. The spiritual peace that I am seeking will only be accomplished when I allow Jesus to work in me –— then I will be satisfied with all of those who interrupt my schedule.
***I do have to tell you that I have been blessed with a Powerful group of guys that surround me to help me get through my issues.
Then my Pastor friend brought out the Love Chapter and what our response should be to those who I may have a problem with….
- Love is Patient
- Love is Kind
- Love does not envy
- Love does not boast
- Love is not proud
- Love does not dishonor others
- Love is not self-seeking
- Love is not easily angered
- Love keeps no record of wrongs
- Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth
- Love always protects
- Love always trusts
- Love always hopes
- Love always perseveres
- Love never fails
So the answer to my question is: If I try to focus on these characteristics of loving those who are creating my issues then the ultimate result will be: “I will make Jesus successful!” He has made all things Beautiful…………
I do believe that God has surrounded me with Great People who make up my life and ministry. I just need to be open to the Holy Spirit working HIS Fruits within me so that those people can see Jesus.
So how are those people that interrupt you affecting you?
Are you loving them the way you should?
Can those who are observing you – see Jesus in You?