Message from the Pastor's Desk
Read 2 Corinthians 4:7-18
Without warning, a man hit rock bottom in his life. One day he was called into
his boss's office. The boss told him to shut the door and sit down because he had
some bad news. Because the company was struggling, the boss was being forced
to "let some people go," and this man happened to be one of the unfortunate
As you can well imagine, the man was devastated. He felt worthless, unwanted,
and humiliated. Worst of all, he'd have to tell his young wife the news. He was
feeling like a failure and ashamed because he felt he had let her down.
To his utter amazement, when he broke the news to her, she shouted,
"Why, that's great news! Now you can begin writing that book that you've always
wanted to write. Now's your chance" she said. "I can't do that," the man replied.
"I've got to put food on the table for us." Again the man's wife surprised him. "No problem," she said.
"I've been saving money every month for just such a time as this. And now, I have enough saved for us to live on for a whole year
and then some."
With that she opened up a drawer and took out a large sum of money that she
had hidden there. So, what did the man do? He started writing the book he had
always wanted to write. When it was finished, his book was published and became one of the all-time best-selling
classics of literature. Can you guess the name of the book and the author's name? The book is entitled: "The Scarlet Letter,"
and the author is Nathaniel Hawthorne. This is a true story you see. What a wonderful perspective Hawthorne's young wife possessed.
In spite of their very trying circumstance, she made, as the old saying goes,
"lemonade out of lemons."
That's the positive, encouraging perspective the Apostle Paul is describing with
the believers in Corinth in the passage I asked you to read identified above. It's
important to note when Paul wrote these words he was in prison because he'd
been publicly proclaiming Christ as Lord and yet was not discouraged.
Has life thrown a lot of "lemons" your way? Are you making "lemonade"
out of those lemons or have you allowed your trials to disable and paralyze you?
Remember, as Christians we always have hope in Christ. Knowing His watchful
eye is always upon us, He'll never allow us to be crushed. We should never be
driven to despair because this "slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an
eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison". As we fix our eyes on Jesus and
maintain this eternal perspective we are held safely in the Savior's arms. Realizing this,
perhaps it's time we all started writing those books we've wanted to
write for so long!
The Lord bless you. Yours in Christ,
Pastor George Kaden