30/30: This Economy Makes a Strong Man Weak

4 08 2009

In the last eight months of ministry, I have talked to more people who are depressed, down, discouraged and defeated than the prior three years put together.

This economy makes a strong man weak.

Years ago when I would hear men say, “My primary role is to provide for my family,” I would challenge them to think again. They were missing it. More than your income, your wife and your kids need your leadership. They need you.

Never is that more true, but it was easier to say then. A few years ago, providing for the family was a given. It was normal. Now everything has changed.

I know so many men and women who are struggling just to find employment. They feel like they’ve punched in the gut. And the body blows are enough to bring us to our knees.

It’s hard to admit, but the truth is “Sometimes, we can’t make it on our own.”

It’s hard to admit, but the truth is “You don’t have to go it alone.”

I think U2 said it well…

Who do you need to depend on this week? Maybe it’s a friend. Maybe it’s your spouse. Is carrying it by yourself really getting you anywhere? It’s okay to need other people. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

And it’s okay to need God. Actually, Jesus extends this invitation…“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 Because sometimes you can’t make it on your own.

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