I played baseball in college, and our school was the southernmost in our conference…we were in Maryland. This meant we played our fair share of games in blistering cold.

The other day, I was getting gas and it was cold, and wet, and windy – and I couldn’t help but think, “Man, I’d hate to play on a day like today.” Then, I got in my warm car and drove to my dry, cozy home.

Where am I going with this?

Many times in our daily lives, we’d rather be somewhere else. And, a lot of times we can be. I didn’t have to be in the cold, so I chose not to be.

But, the truth is that this always won’t be the case, because no matter how much we think we are, we are not in control.

Times will come when we want to be somewhere else, but we can’t be. As the saying goes, it is what it is. But, it’s in those moments when our backs are up against the wall that we see what we’re made of.

I think you could say pretty easily that our Church is experiencing times like that. We wish things were different, that we didn’t have to deal with the problems that we’re dealing with. But, we’re still faced with a choice – complain, wallow, leave. Or, dig in, do what’s necessary, and fight through.

It’s not easy. It’s not comfortable. It’s our duty.

 

Be the Men,

Mark

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