If you fall to pieces in a crisis, there wasn’t much to you in the first place. -Proverbs 24:10
If you’re feeling tapped out, whose well have you been tapping? We say that our lives belong to God. That our time, money and talent are a gift from Him, but you can tell what you really believe when you actually have to use them for something that doesn’t benefit you.
Rescue the perishing; don’t hesitate to step in and help. If you say, “Hey, that’s none of my business,” will that get you off the hook? Someone is watching you closely, you know—Someone not impressed with weak excuses. -Proverbs 24:11-12
Don’t yell to a lamb in a ravine and call out the obvious. It does them no good to have you gathered on the bank talking about it. Secure a rope and meet them where they are, not where they should be. They are, after all, where they are.
What if they are trapped by a limb and the only way out is to cut it off? Give them a second to come to terms with that. What they have to do is just as traumatic. If you can’t be there for them when they’re stuck, you can’t be there for them when they’re maimed and free.
Spouting off scriptures about sin and right living doesn’t do anything but point out the obvious. They’re face to face with that reality before you speak it.
Let’s not pretend this is easier than it really is. If you want to live a morally pure life, here’s what you have to do:… –Matthew 5:29
They have to maim themselves to get out. They have to lose a part of themselves.
Don’t stand over them and talk about this with no gravity for their reality. Put yourself in their position, look at your own arm and picture it. If you have any bit of ‘I wouldn’t be in their position‘ in you, then please, get far, far away. You haven’t earned your degree in grace. Yet.
Don’t get mad at them when they snap at you. I am mean when I’m hurt. Everybody who knows me knows not to talk to me when I stub my toe or hit my head on my cabinet door. Are you a tart when you have a headache from hell? Don’t take their sharp tongue personally and don’t carve them and their sin in stone. They aren’t themselves.
Things don’t always end up the way you think they should. Put your hope and expectations in God, not in the person. They’ll get out of it the way God sees fit for them. His goal is not their veneer, it’s their vision of Him for the purpose He’s given them. Our experiences are orchestrated in a way that forms us to be who we are called to be. Don’t lose sight of hope when you’re in impossible. Sin never gets the last word.
‘You’re about to be given new grounds for believing.’ –John 11:14
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. -1 Peter 5:10 ESV