Summary: A good potter never throws away the clay, he will try again. Sure, hurt people hurt people... But we cannot give up and throw away the baby in the dirty water. God's focus is about people! Never give up!
IT IS NEVER EASY TO WORKING WITH PEOPLE WITHOUT GOD'S PLAN? DEALING WITH HURT PEOPLE!
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr.
WE ACCEPT BURIED TALENTS AS THE NORM... TAKE OWNERSHIP... FIND A JOB FOR PEOPLE. WE NEED TO DEVELOP PEOPLE SKILLS.
1 Timothy 5:13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
Matthew 25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
WORKING WITH THE FAMILY, PEOPLE AND THE CHURCH OR REAL LIFE PEOPLE IS NEVER EASY. WE MUST FIND CREATIVE USE OF CONFLICT.
AFTER WORKING WITH PEOPLE WE CAN ACCIDENTALLY FALL AND START WATCHING PEOPLAND LISTENING TO THE NEGATIVISM AND BE DESTROYED.
WE MUST IDENTIFY THIS PATH AND AVOID IT AT ALL COST.
When one yields to the high calling of God we become very vulnerable to heartbreaks and distortions.
To WORK WITH PEOPLE CAN BE a demanding role, almost like a mother and child.
Then to work with others year after year is never easy. We must find JOY in what we do, because we see the rewards and fulfillment in being a servant of the Most High.
We see, as we teach and work with people and the word, and while working with the great JOY, that in leading others in the things of God and in their personal development, we can find great satisfaction. WE MUST LEARN TO LOVE THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE. This is good, but this is the way the enemy will attack and come against us.
Negative, heart breaking, disappointments in others --- then we question our self and lose our JOY in ministry.
Then we head for the valley of tears, we doubt self, we doubt others, and we doubt God. God designed us to have a full JOY tank, then the enemy comes and puts his water in our tank and we find the PAIN of Ministry. God designed His ministers to be vulnerable.
Exodus 4:3 And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. 4 And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:
God had Moses put down his rod and it turned into a snake.
God said, Pick up the snake by the tail. Wait, we know any good snake handler picks up a snake from the back of the head. (TV dudes distort this, but they do it for a show, and have people you can’t see near by to rescue them if needed.)
Why God? Why must I pick up the snake? Why pick up a snake in an illogical way? Does God know the good rules of snake handling?
SURE HE DOES!
God was teaching Moses, you have to lean not to your own understanding but to the ways of God for effective ministry.
God wanted to teach Moses that he would always be vulnerable and that Moses would have to depend on God to be his provider and way maker and protector.
We do not REACH OUT TO OTHERS in our own power. Don’t forget this. We get good in people skills, and love, and then, we think--- we are doing something. Then some negative stroke fells us, and we are back where we should be, depending on God. Many have been the negative stones they throw that hit this other people, that have put me on my knees.
HURT PEOPLE HURT PEOPLE... BEWARE WHERE YOU WORK... NEVER THROW STONES BACK!
WHAT CAN WE LEARN IN THE LION'S DEN? WHAT CAN WE TEACH OTHERS TO LEARN?
You do not have to go to your knees? You can get bitter and strike back and defend your records, or you can trust God.
God wants His leaders totally depended on Him.
Sure, God could have pulled the teeth of the lions before Daniel was dropped by friends into the PIT. Sure, God could have killed the lions with lightning, sure God could have killed Daniel’s opposition, but God had a plan and God’s plan would lift up His Holy Name.
Not only did the friends have a lesson to learn, so did Daniel?
You want to learn without the lions? I do to?
But God says: GROW UP my child. WE ARE WORKING WITH ADULT CHILDREN AT TIMES....