Winners and Losers – The Way Up Is Down
Key Bible Verse: So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and in his good time he will honor you. – 1 Peter 5:6
Bonus Reading: James 4:6-10
In walked the next customer: a long-haired hippie male, stoned to the max. Fueled more by competition than compassion, Mac walked up to the guy and said, “Hey, pal, God loves you and so do I.”
Mac’s words hit the hippie like unidentified flying objects—weird somethings that came out of nowhere and were too strange to believe.
“Do you mean that, man?” asked the hippie.
Mac glanced at the Old Man and knew it was time to get real. He told the hippie that, actually, he knew little about love. He spilled his gut to this complete stranger.
The hippie had never experienced anything like this. Before the evening was over, he’d made a commitment to Christ and flushed his drugs down the coffeehouse toilet. He’d also told Mac what happened before he walked into the coffee shop: Feeling hopeless, he and a buddy had made a suicide pact. His buddy was already dead.
Mac gave up the business world and went full-time into youth ministry at a large California church. He helped build a fledgling ministry into a youth group that attracted hundreds of young people. And he was firmly in control. [continued tomorrow]
—Bob Welch in A Father for All Seasons
My Response: When did I last get real with another guy about what matters in my life?
Thought to Apply: Those who have failed miserably are often the first to see God’s formula for success.—Erwin Lutzer (Illinois pastor)
Adapted from A Father for All Seasons (Moody, 1997)
Prayer for the Week: Lord, move me beyond the world’s definition of failure and success to the only one that counts—Your definition.