|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Overcoming”
Our Bible verse for today: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Overcomers encourage one another”
Throughout my adult life I’ve had the good fortune to spend lots of time with people who were overcomers, people who refused to let problems or obstacles stop them. During my military career, when I was the Chief Engineer on the USS Fort McHenry, I had a Chief Petty Officer Engineman who worked for me by the name of Ben Gibbs. He was my go-to guy. When something in the engineering plant was broken and nobody else could figure it out, I would call Chief Gibbs. He would go down there to the engine room, study the problem, and in short order he would have us fixed and back in operation. Ben knew that every problem can be dealt with in some manner, and so he just kept at it until he fixed it.
I have a missionary friend by the name of Bud Lenz. He has been a missionary in Peru for over twenty years. Bud has an amazing ability to face difficult situations, figure out what needs to be done, and then just lean into it, push through it, and resolve it. Whether we’re talking about dealing with corrupt government officials, learning how to be a midwife so he could assist his wife in the birth of their nine children, overhauling an engine, clearing 110 acres in the Amazon Jungle and building an entire ranch site from the ground up, or consoling a distraught orphaned child, Bud has learned to face his problems, figure them out, deal with them, and move on.
I know a woman who has had recurring bouts of cancer, each one worse than the previous one. In each case she has dealt with her illness in a straight-forward, matter-of-fact, and unemotional way. She listened to the doctors, decided on the best treatment plan, did her part to remain as healthy as she could, and then she lived her life to the fullest extent possible under the circumstances as they were. She did not allow herself to sink into self-pity and denial; she refused to use her illnesses as an excuse; and she just dealt with it.
This morning I could write many pages of examples of people like, all of whom have modeled overcoming for me. Their examples have encouraged me to strive to be an overcomer too.
In Hebrews 10:24 the writer tells us that encouraging one another in that manner is an important part of Christian fellowship. First of all, we should model tenacity, perseverance, and overcoming for each other. Second, we should be the cheerleaders and encouragers for those who are in the process of overcoming something.
Whatever it is you are dealing with in your life right now, with God and with Christian friends you can face it and you can deal with it.