From the Pulpit & Into the Garden: "Grow Where You are Planted – Scatter Seeds of Inspiration!"

Working with Others

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There are times in life, when working with others, one may feel exasperated. With these feelings burnout can follow when sailing in uncharted waters.

Jesus exercised patience trying to bring others along when his ministry was young. Through his example, I am reminded to see a commitment or situation all the way through. If I do not, I will meet the same person or problem down the road. We are to grow where we are planted.

All ministries, churches or groups, when young, have rocky beginnings.

If you find yourself in the midst of such change, ponder these questions taken from an anonymous text. It will give you food for thought as you move forward on your spiritual journey:

“Could this large group successfully meet and work together? Would there be quarrels over membership, leadership and money? Would there be a struggle for power and prestige? Would there be a schism to cause the group to split apart? They were beset by these problems on every side.”

Out of dysfunction, a common understanding emerged: As a group, they had to “hang together or die separately; unify their group or pass out of existence.”

We are not required to go to battle over any person or situation. We “Let Go and Let God” do the heavy lifting.

Be encouraged this day, as you forge ahead with conviction and purpose.

“Be strong; be courageous! Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for YHWH, your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

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