"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." ---Isaiah 40:31
It's been my consistent observation throughout my ministry in the Church that there are two kinds of people in life: those who are part of the problem and those who are part of the solution. It honestly doesn't matter which denomination you consider or which Church---the great dividing line seems consistently to be the same. It's more than merely being predominantly positive or negative. It is primarily a matter of where one puts his/her energy and efforts.
The verse above from Isaiah extols the internal and moral power of those whose focus is the Lord God. It speaks of soaring, running, and walking.......all vigorous activities. To put one's hope in the Lord is to extend and invigorate one's energies and ability to serve Him.
But does the Lord simply grant this seeming limitless power and great energies to people only to have them sit and enjoy the identity as people of faith? Certainly not! God gives His servants great ability and great strength in order that they be active parts of His answer to life's problems. And....this is what distinguishes one sort of people from another. Some people only create problems or do nothing to alleviate them BUT others become part of the solution to problems!
The little piece below illustrates this phenomenon.......
10 LITTLE CHRISTIANS
10 Little Christians standing in line,
One disliked the preacher, then there were 9.
9 little Christians stayed up very late,
One overslept Sunday, then there were 8.
8 little Christians on their way to Heaven,
One took the low road and then there were 7.
7 little Christians chirping like chicks,
One disliked music, then there were 6.
6 little Christians seemed very much alive,
But one lost his interest, then there were 5.
5 little Christians pulling for Heaven's Shore,
But one stopped to rest, then there were 4.
4 little Christians each busy as a bee,
One got his feelings hurt, then there were 3.
3 little Christians knew not what to do,
One joined the sports crowd, then there were 2.
2 little Christians, our rhyme is nearly done,
Differed with each other, then there was 1.
1 little Christian can't do much 'tis true,
Brought his friend to Bible study- - then there were 2.
2 earnest Christians, each won one more;
That doubled the number, then there were 4.
4 sincere Christians worked early and late,
Each won another, then there were 8.
8 splendid Christians if they doubled as before.
In just so many Sundays, we'd have 1,024.
In this little jingle, there is a lesson true,
You belong either to the Body or to the wrecking crew!
This coming week, each of us will be confronted with problems of one sort or another. Some of these will be the problems of others and others will be our own problems. We can ignore them, refuse to get involved, or deny their existence. However, we truly CAN seek God's assistance and boldly address life's challenges! By becoming involved in the solutions, we will make a difference in life. We'll do God's work with God's people. We'll use the resources God gives us in true stewardship. We'll make a genuine difference!
Each of us will have numerous opportunities come our way this week to determine what we'll be----problem or solution. Be the solution. You'll be glad you did and so will others!