“Shattered Dreams” – Faith in the Flood of Nashville May 2010
We all deal with tragedy. And tragedy creates a tough dilemma if you’re a Christian. Which is why, if there is a God, does he allow tragedy to happen?
There are thousands of people asking that in the Nashville area right now in the wake of the tremendous flooding from the past week. I was on the road travelling most of last week and missed a lot of the action but today I had a chance to go out and get in the trenches of working with some families to help them begin the journey back to restoration.
With such widespread disaster in the area my new church Crosspoint really has tried to rise to the occasion in assembling volunteers, money, and prayers for the victimized families. I’m inspired by the Church because from what I can see they are really working hard at being the hands and feet of Christ in this pivotal time.
One of the reasons Crosspoint Church is so rapidly growing and making such a large impact is because of the leadership. The Nashville campus pastor is a friend of mine Blake Bergstrom and the lead pastor is Pete Wilson. Ironically the series that we’ve been going through in Church the last several weeks is called “Shattered Dreams.” The essence of the series is what to do when God’s plan works out differently than yours?
The series has also been congruent with the release of Pete’s new book Plan B. I started crushing through the book over the last few days and was inspired by Pete’s message. You don’t know this yet but Faith is the 7th and final strategy for improving your self-discipline in Take the Stairs (my new book that will come out once I figure out the publisher) . My speech at the World Championship of Public Speaking for Toastmasters in 2006 was actually on the topic of Faith.
I knew that my speech in 2006 wasn’t yet ready when the contest came around because I hadn’t yet discovered in my mind how to most aptly articulate what Faith is; and I lost that contest. For 4 years I’ve continued struggling to define Faith and it wasn’t until I began reading Plan B that I think I have finally landed on my definition.
Faith is choosing to believe that the pain happening now is for a Greater Glory later on.
There have been several times in my life when I have failed and when things have fallen apart. But for whatever reason I’ve always had a lot of conviction that even in that pain and loss it was just God preparing me for something else. To me that is Faith.
I’ve never experienced anything like what these people I saw today are having to live through. And I can’t answer why God allows tragedy to happen. But I do agree with Pete that it seems as though Tragedy serves a greater purpose when we have the perspective of eternity.
And from what I witnessed today I noticed that:
Sometimes tragedy bonds our communities
Sometimes tragedy binds our compassion
Sometimes tragedy builds our character
So even when there are questions that we can’t answer we have to have Faith. Faith is a choice. It’s choosing to believe that what we’re going through is preparing us and the world for God’s greater good later on. And because it’s a choice that means it’s a discipline. It’s a discipline that not everyone has. It’s hard to believe that somehow these horrible tragedies in our lives are somehow for good later on. But that is why it’s called Faith and if we do not have Faith it is then that these tragedies are only in vain.
To donate to the flood victims please click here: https://secure3.agroup.com/crosspoint/flood_fund.html
And please share your thoughts with me about what Faith is to you and how its applied in your difficult times.
See you in the “stairwell”
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