Summary: 4 Points on learning how to deal with the "Wilderness Seasons" of our lives. 1. GOD WANTS TO DEVELOP A STEADFAST HEART WITHIN ME. 2. God leads us into seasons of growth and not gratification. 3. GOD WANTS TO DEVELOP THE COURAGE OF A WARRIOR. 4
Ø Going to work. – How many of you feel like going to work every day? But we understand that there are some things we don’t feel like doing that we need to do anyways.
All of us have to endure some decisions to make and do things we don’t feel like doing. Although we don’t like all that we do, we understand that we need to do them nonetheless.
I’d like to talk to you today about something that we don’t like having to do, but if we are going to be all that God wants us to be, we will have to endure.
We all have to go through wilderness times at some point in our lives. All of us. Young, old, tall, short, skinny, less skinny. All of us. All of us, at some point or another, needs to deal with people that we would rather not deal with and endure situations we would rather not endure.
Once upon a time, I was an athlete. Believe it or not, I was a wrestler in high school. It is a very physical and competitive sport, and there was something important I learned in the sport that has carried over to my life still to today. Sometimes, if you want to be the best you can be, you need to compete with injuries.
The best athletes are not immune to injuries. They simply have learned to press through them. I remember having to compete often with an ankle brace on, a shoulder brace on and headgear. Sometimes I’d go on the mat and look like the “Mummy Returns.”
The author of Hebrews (who I think is Paul) compares living life to running a race. He says…
“… let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
Did you know that sometimes, we must run the race of life, with a limp? We all have the choices to make as to how we will run.
I want to share with you some things about those times in life, when we need to learn to RUN WITH A LIMP. That’s what I want to talk to you about this morning.
I WONDER HOW MANY OF US HERE TODAY ARE RUNNING THROUGH A LIMP TODAY. DEALING WITH NOT FEELING LIKE SERVING IN THE MINISTRY. NOT FEELING LIKE GOING TO YOUR JOB EVERY DAY AND DEALING WITH THE PEOPLE THERE. NOT FEELING LIKE DEALING WITH THE ILLNESS THAT LIES IN YOUR BODY, OR THE CHALLENGES THAT YOU GO THROUGH WITH YOUR FAMILY.
Someone once said this…
"Whatever comes our way, whatever battle we have raging inside us, we always have a choice. ... It's the choices that make us who we are, and we can always choose to do what's right." - Peter Parker in Spiderman 3
It has been well said, “Life is too short to dwell on the shortcomings.”
The story is told of a couple that has no children, but they have a poodle they treat like a child.
One day, the wife leaves to go on a trip in Europe by herself. She calls home everyday to see how her husband and dog are doing.
One day, while she's in Paris, she calls home. She asks her husband, who lacks tact, how the dog is doing. He answers "The dog is dead." Shocked his wife answers "Couldn't you be more gentle in your answers? Like, the first day, while I'm in Paris, you could tell me that the dog is on the roof. Then, the next day, when I'm in London, you could tell me that the dog fell off the roof. Then, the next day, when I'm in Rome, you could tell me the dog is in the hospital and not doing well. Then, the next day, when I'm in Prague, you could tell me that the dog died. That way I could handle it better."