Friday, February 25, 2011

Investing in Others

My friend, Shawn, is an amazing coach! Once he has entered into a coaching relationship, he has the uncanny ability to see what others either overlook or simply cannot see. He is a blessing to the people he coaches. His investment has saved the ministry life of one man I know, and I'm sure there are others who would say the same.

When it comes to coaching, mentoring, or otherwise partnering with others, I want to ask this question of myself. Perhaps you'll be willing to ask it of yourself. Am I intentional in partnering with another person for the sake of building them up so that the Kingdom of God may increase? And a companion question might be this: Do I care who gets the credit?

Many people around us are drowning spiritually and professionally. Wouldn't it please God if we were to come along side them, just like the Holy Spirit (paraclete) does with us? Would it make a difference if we were to invest ourselves in another so that they might be more fruitful or productive? I believe the answer is yes! You may not feel qualified. You may feel inadequate. But you just might save some one's life if you were to simply invest yourself in another.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Faith Enough

I received a call from a long-time friend who told me that he had just received word from his doctor that he has an aggressive form of cancer in his lungs. Treatment would take the better part of a year and he would then have a life expectancy of 2-3 years afterwards. To do nothing means that he has 6 months to a year. He and his wife have prayed about it and he has opted to do no treatment. He is asking God to heal him, and if He doesn't, then my friend said he has to be willing to get on the bus and go home when God says it's time. My friend is full of faith and is believing God for healing.

Have you ever wondered if you would have enough faith when you needed it? It's one thing to say we have faith in religion-protected America, but when your back is really up against the wall will you trust God to be faithful? When you still have a lot to live for and do, are you able to say, "I will trust Him"?

My friend's name is Dave Terhune. He is the pastor of a new church called The Cross in Rochester. Please pray for Pastor Dave, his wife Susan, and the rest of the family. Please ask God to heal Dave for the Lord's honor and glory.