"Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead." ~ Phil 3:13
Have you ever discovered that something you thought to be true wasn't true at all?
Working with all kinds of people means that you encounter all kinds of lives. When working with the homeless I would hear some amazing stories of need. I would have to prayerfully consider everything I had heard to know what to do next. Sometimes I would learn that what I was told was not true, and it would then effect my ability to help the next time the person knocked on my door.
The thing about desperate people is that sometimes they do desperate things to get help.
How do we overcome when the reality of the situation is not what you thought?
God expects us to be real. At least that was what I was always taught. The writer of Phillipians has some great advice. Don't look back. There are greater prizes, or what I'm discovering, there are indeed better things ahead.
The strides we make may cause us to struggle. The realities of what we have thought may take time to heal, but there are better days ahead, and God will help each of us create healthy boundaries to help us with those days.
While each person has the ability to make their own decisions, when our life has been effected because someone has chosen to not be truthful, God has a plan to help us.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.