Take, for example, a politician I read about recently.
By favor or by favors he found himself among the ruling class. He had resources. He had access. He had clout. And ... it was his birthday. All of his friends (and those indebted to him) were in attendance. There was choice food being served and there was an open bar. Alcohol was flowing freely. The politician and most of his guests were drunk or at least in a precarious condition.
And, as most people know, being inebriated often puts people at a disadvantage they didn't plan on.
One thing lead to another and before his guests knew how it happened, the politician's step daughter was dancing in front of him ... to his great pleasure. Her dance so delighted him that he impetuously promised to give her anything she wanted. Anything! I mean, what can a teenage girl want anyway? Right? Tickets to a concert? A new iPhone? A exotic trip somewhere?
When you are in a position of authority and/or leadership you find there is no absence of unsolicited advice/warning/rebuke. Such was the case with this politician. This particular prisoner had warned the politician that it was not right for him to marry his sister in law. The big headed man was so angry that he initially wanted to have this man killed. Who was this man to get in his business?! But, politicians have the tendency to attempt to keep as many people happy as possible. So, instead of having him killed, this man, whose name was John, became a prisoner. But, now he was a prisoner who was about to have his head taken off!
|My Dad (93) & my Mother (94)|
Memories of my childhood with them
"Where are you going with all this, Paul?"
|My wife Pam|
The most courageous woman I know
She went ahead. I remained behind. My parents are in declining health. And, though both are living at home, they require someone to simply be there with them 24/7. I was the only child available to stay with them during the month of December until my family can secure people who will love and care for our parents.
I took Pam to Portland International Airport one week ago today and said goodbye to her. We would rather be together ... for a variety of reasons. Some must think us crazy, irrational, reckless. It's not what we planned, but we both believe it is the purpose of God. My return date to Uganda has been changed to January 10, 2016.
We don't interpret God in light of our circumstances, but we interpret our circumstances in light of the PURPOSE of God.
Life, for a believer, is no longer about them. It is all about the Lord and His purpose. Knowing the fundamental answers to life's basic questions enable us to embrace the purpose of God without resentment or complaint.
- We know who we are ... IDENTITY
- We know where we are from ... SOURCE
- We know why we are here ... PURPOSE
- We know what we can do ... POTENTIAL
- We know where we are going ... VISION & DESTINY
And, we know that all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His ... PURPOSE.
Not everything is good, but all things work together because we are among those who qualify. We love God. And, we are called ... according to His purpose. So, while this separation was never a part of our plans, His purpose makes it fine with us.