Punched in the Gut

Is there anything worse than knowing that you messed up and knowing that there is no way in the world that you can make it better? Maybe the only thing is watching someone you care about mess up and knowing that they can’t make it better.

Today was a crappy day. It is days like this that make me want to go to work in a factory somewhere. I think it would be nice to have a job that didn’t involve the eternal destinies of others.  It would be nice to have a job where mistakes I didn’t make so many mistakes.

4 thoughts on “Punched in the Gut

  • February 19, 2008 at 6:14 AM

    But jobs like that don’t have the rewards of seeing kids become closer to God, either. I feel sorry about whatever happened to make you feel that way – can some prayers help?

  • February 19, 2008 at 8:57 AM

    i recently read a chapter in the book called perspectives, and there is a tail about a man who wasn’t rich at all, and every day he would take his little sailboat and go catch just enough tuna fish to feed his entire family and then he would go home, one day an american man saw that he was catching some pretty impressive fish and he said to the fisher, what do you do for a living? and the fisher replied, ‘I get up early, catch just enough tuna to feed my family, play with my kids, take walks with my wife, then go to the pub and have a drink with my ammigo’s while i play a little guitar.. So the american suggested that he start a little business because the fish were really something for the market, and the fisher asked what then: And the american replied: You make some money, later you buy a better boat. Agian the fisher asked, then what? and the american replied: You buy a couple more boats, later you have a full grown business and you are filthy rich. Amazed the fisher asked again What then? The american replied then you take time to retire, get up early, catch just enough tuna to feed you family, play with your kids, take walks with your wife, then go to the pub and have a drink with your ammigo’s while you play a little guitar..

    Sometimes poeple only see where they want to be and they forget about the here and now. One day when you reached the place you had so wished to be at, you wish you could be back where you were at the time you wished for what you have now.

    Life is never easy James one states you should count yourself lucky when hard times come your way. NOTHING CANNOT BE REPAIRED BY GOD.

    Good luck Shane

  • February 19, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    I know how you’re feeling all to well. I think anyone who works in ministry does–there are days when we’re just off-point. I take a lot of consolation from Matthew 16:17. After Peter confesses he thinks Jesus is the Christ, Jesus tells him that this wasn’t revealed by man, but by God. To me, this suggests it’s not always up to us… but God is in control. And God will touch kids souls when God needs to touch kids souls. So ultimately, the eternal destinies of others is left in God’s hands. Look at the Disciples, they were often slow-witted, bickering, and sometimes arrogant. And yet what they did has changed our world. They didn’t give up despite themselves. If God only used the perfect folk would anyone be in ministry?

    Keep up the good fight, Shane. You’re where you’re supposed to be.

  • February 19, 2008 at 11:47 PM

    "and His mercies are new every morning great is His faithfulness"


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