Daily Word for Saturday, May 16, 2015
Crises are those defining moments in life that aid in measuring the level of sacrifice we are willing to make to accomplish a goal or resolve a problem. After we process through the initial shock of the crises, what’s needed is a plan to come out.
Our personal resources in a challenge can be so depleted that we are unable to problem-solve at our optimum level. We may need the wisdom of trusted friends or family to assist us in thinking through an issue effectively.
Abigail [1 Samuel 25] gives us a great template for managing a crisis. When her life and that of her family were threatened because of a family member’s mistake, she did the following:
- Martialed the needed resources to address the problem.
- Confronted the issue with great humility.
- Took responsibility for failure even though she was not responsible.
- Deescalated the situation through value-adding dialogue.
My friend, if you are facing a crisis today ask yourself:
- What resources are needed to effectively address this crisis? Think it through thoroughly; make a list.
- As you confront the crisis make sure you don’t become a part of the problem, humble yourself.
- Take responsibility where possible instead of putting energy in finding someone to blame.
- Don’t add fuel where there are fires.
Read 1 Samuel 25 and let God turn your ashes into beauty.