Oh Wise One

So this has been a fairly tough week for me. Too much stuff to name, but suffice it to say that I have been more than a little bit stressed and worried. So, I got this text from a great friend and former youth, Lars Bria: "Miss you bro. Hope your day has been and will continue to be blessed." After some time of texting back and forth, he sent this  simple text (kinda related to another topic about his future):1 Peter 5:6-10.

Here is 1 Peter 5: 6-10 (NLT):

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. 
Before today, I don't know if I ever realized how closely the admonition to be on alert against our adversary was connected to the text which talks about humility and not worrying. My buddy who I was texting was an instrument from God to me; no matter the situation: remain humble, be alert and don't worry! For me that means, keep a keen eye on Abba and I will be fine.

That exchange of texts reminded me that "ministry" is a two-way street. For far too long Pastors and Leaders have believed, falsely, that we are the ones with all of the answers, especially Youth and Lead Pastor (I can talk, I was a Youth Pastor for years). We say, "Sit back and listen to all that I have to teach you; I am so wise.--the saddest part is that we actually believe that--all the while missing the opportunity to allow them to speak into us. Today, Lars, or Larsy as I named him back in the YWIT days was an agent of grace to me today. Thanks, man!

Lord, may I continue to be humbled, alert to my adversary and worry-free. Because, as Lars reminded me today, you are a loving father! Thank you for loving me so sweetly and gently, Abba!

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