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A Return On Investment
Have you ever put your hard-earned money in an investment that resulted in a partial loss or total failure?
Early in our marriage, Judy and I invested a large sum of money in a venture that we were sure to make a great return. Many of our friends were also convinced this was a money-maker, so literally hundreds of thousands of dollars were invested from people in the Grand Rapids area. All of us were excited about how this new opportunity could make life economically easier.
Then the bombshell exploded and the company went bankrupt, leaving each investor with nothing but a piece of paper with an empty promise.
I am a very forgiving person and can overlook people’s mistakes and shortcomings. However, I find it more difficult to trust people when they refuse to take responsibility for their actions.
I grew up in a family of five children. Mistakes and bad decisions were always forgiven, but excuses were not tolerated.
When Dad told us to complete a work project, he expected us to do it. If it was not completed, he wanted to know why. If our reasons made sense he gave extra time to complete the project, but if we gave him excuses it resulted in extra work. More excuses equaled more work!
The worship began and my heart and soul were lifted to a place higher than the arena, and it was only 10 minutes into the event. Then Sheila invited me to the small platform to pray. In my heart I believed that the atmosphere was perfect for miracles to take place.
We asked for the Lord to heal Jill of cancer and the entire audience agreed. I'm sure it was a very special moment for her, to know that God had specifically drawn her out from the crowd to be prayed for. Sometimes we wonder if we are invisible to God, but that is so far from the truth.
I recently read a book entitled “Digging the wells of revival“ by Lou Engle. He encouraged us to examine our spiritual roots and to re-dig wells of revival that flowed with life giving spiritual water in our past. In Geneses 26, Isaac re-dug one of his father’s wells at Beersheba. He was given the same promise that his father Abraham was given that he would be a great nation someday. It’s important that we understand the heritage we came from.
Waiting is one of the most difficult activities or lack of activity that I have ever had to do. It requires a great deal of patience and trust and I must admit, I need more work in that area of my life. It seems to be easier for me to actually do the work than to wait for someone else to complete it.
I have come to realize that all of this really boils down to being fearful, anxious, and very impatient. Frankly things will turnout better when we learn to "trust"and "wait" for the answer to arrive in Gods timing.