Surviving the slam


surviving the slam

Sam, as the devil, in a drama in the early days of the church in Guatemala. I am the guy with the sword and the shield. We used diesel to spit fire.

Sam was a pastor when his wife left him. The joy of serving Christ just died for him at the moment he found out. He very nearly threw himself off a bridge that night.

Four years later, he’s gathering the pieces of his life and trying to get back to serving God.

At some point in your life, you’re going to get slammed. Maybe more than once.

Not growing bitter against God (family, church, life, others) is the challenge. Living with joy, also. Not growing cynical.

At some point, you have to survey the damage of your life and decide you want light-heartedness. You have to want to do good again. You have to want to not pass into the washouts.

Those who recovered from slams in the Bible: Joseph, Job, Moses. And don’t forget Jesus. One of his best friends betrayed him to death. They all recovered from the slam.

Seek recovery in 2015!

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7 responses to “Surviving the slam

  1. Faith that is never tested is generally weak. The greater the test, the stronger the tempering. The key is not to give up. In our own strength we can’t handle it, but His grace is sufficient, if we will choose to receive it.

  2. Amen. Slams stink for sure, but God is faithful!!

  3. I learned it the hard way, through experience and found that the key for me to getting through it was forgiveness. Thanks for sharing this. I know this experience helped me to be able to relate with others going through trials better and lead me to post several blog postings like:
    https://from2005toeternity.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/forgiveness-is-the-strongest-key-to-freedom/
    https://from2005toeternity.wordpress.com/2013/11/19/as-you-forgive-others-god-will-forgive-you/
    https://from2005toeternity.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/can-pressure-make-people-do-things-they-dont-believe-in/
    https://from2005toeternity.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/what-have-you-learned-through-the-tough-times/
    and
    https://from2005toeternity.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/why/

    Thanks for all you do. Blessings to you and yours as we head into 2015.

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