The Lord wants me to, RELAX and invest in the seemingly hopeless cases around me–with gusto!
To be calm and care intensely, peaceful and passionate, urgently patient, etc.
First, he wants me to witness to my daughter and son who have decided to be the “masters” of their own life and decide for themselves what is right or wrong, even when I’ve witnessed over and over without result. To be passionate and persistent.
He wants me to confront passive aggressives even if I have never seen any of them respond with healthy growth. The results are his and I will have treasure for my obedience and love despite the outcome.
This investing is hard for me. It is so much easier to invest when I have the delusion that the outcome is sure to turn out as I would like. To go passionately into the fray when defeat seems sure requires that I RELAX in him, remembering that I am already a success when I obey. The hope that “impossible cases could be blessed should spur me on. After all God is the God of hopeless cases.
To invest when I am pretty sure that the outcome will be bad is to be intensely godly! Look at what happened to the crowds that followed Jesus. Where were they when he went to the cross? Look at what we humans have done with this whole awesome world and life that God has given us. Look at how many stood with the apostle Paul when he went to trial. Jesus and Paul obeyed standing alone and saw the blessing later. I am still being blessed by their obedience. A good outcome just did not look possible at the time.
Being intensely human, I am having trouble keeping motivated when things don’t come as smoothly as I think they should, so pray for me to keep my focus on obedience and not outcome. Physician, practice what you preach? Eh?