Saturday, May 4, 2019

The Mistakes I Have Made


I heard one time that John Wayne said "life is hard, and being stupid only makes it worse."

While I am going to be offering some evangelism stories and advice, I thought the best place to start sharing insights from my personal life would be talk about some of the mistakes I have made in the past that I believe make things worse.

Here is one thing I sometimes wish I could go back in the past and change.

#1. I would have loved people more.

I remember hearing someone say years ago that "Ministry would be easy if it was not for the people." So let me tell you something I wish I had been told about people when I was younger.

Everyone in life has an agenda.

We all have different things we want at different times in life, and it is possible to be loyal to God and never share compassion with other people. I want to unpack this a little bit for you. One of the hardest lessons I have had to learn was that not everyone who wants to be recognized as one of God's people actually care about God.

It is true that we all come to God with different expectations, different hopes and dreams for our lives, and sometimes just knowing what God really thinks is not one of them. This is something I have had to learn the hard way, and I mention it here to offer you a warning I was never given.

Let me be clear on this: people always respond to love.

Love makes sacrifices to help accomplish whatever agenda the one we love is trying to do in their lives. Here is where the problems begin. We are all listening to different stories that dictate what our priorities should be.

Last week bombings in Sri Lanka occurred, and a few days ago there was a shooting at a synagogue in California. In moments like these, people's agenda is to think and feel that they are safe. How do you love someone with an agenda like that?

Do you even care enough to try?

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