Wednesday, May 25, 2016

When Life Is The Pits -- Have Hope -- Get A Rope



Pit dwellers are different from pit visitors.

Christians, sometimes... we fall in a pit.

I have been a pit dweller on several occasions and know the only hope and rope has been our Lord Jesus Christ.

We seem to get so busy 'doing' church, pointing fingers at the the pit, defending the pit, explaining the pit that we forget to point to Christ to help others out of life's pit.

 Come on now...let's not just go to or do church-let's be the church and help others find the way out of life's pit!

I hope you will be encouraged to call out to JESUS when you find yourself in one of the pits.  Despite what a Pharisee might say (see poem below)-- you ARE going to fall in a pit from time to time.

The choice to stay in it or climb out is up to you.

English Standard Version Psalm 28:1
To you, O LORD, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit

Psalm 40: 1-2
Living
I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he
turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit
of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on
solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.

Lord, I thank you for pulling me up when I fall. Thank you for forgiveness, provision, and the hope and rope...Jesus Christ, in whose name I pray.
Amen.


Just Thinkin',
Kathy

There is a poem that has been circulating from an adaptation of Kenneth Filkins The Wittenburg Door. I thought I would share it with you.
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A man fell into a pit and called for help:

A SUBJECTIVE person came along and said:
"I FEEL for you down there!"

An OBJECTIVE person came along and said:
"It's logical that someone would fall down there."

A CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST came by and said:
"You only think you are in the pit."

A PHARISEE said:
"Only bad people would fall in a pit."

A FUNDAMENTALIST said:
"You deserve your pit."

CONFUCIOUS said:
"If you would have listened to me, you would not have fallen into that pit."

BUDDHA said:
"Your pit is only a state of mind."

A REALIST said:
"That's a pit."

A SCIENTIST
calculated the force necessary (lbs./sq.in.) to get him out of the pit.

A GEOLOGIST
told him how to appreciate the rock strata in the pit.

AN EVOLUTIONIST said:
"He is going to die in the pit, so he can't produce any pit-falling offspring."

A CHARISMATIC said:
"Just confess that you are not in the pit!"

An OPTIMIST said:
"Things could be worse."

A PESSIMIST said:
"Things are going to get worse."

JESUS, seeing the man
took him by the hand and lifted him out of the pit.

4 comments:

Kathy said...

Exactly TiAnna Mae...in the church we have too many 'accountants' keeping track and not enough servants pointing to Jesus by the way they treat people.
I'm trying to work on it....in my own life.
KL

Lance Mac said...

Very true. If I'm not actively involved in helping Jesus get people out of pits, I need to honestly assess what I'm doing and why I'm doing it.

Thanks Kathy.

abound said...

The bible says: "let everything be done decently and in order. But let's do what the bible says. Be doers of the word and not hearers only. This reminds me of the Samaritan that did NOT pass by the one who needed his help.
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Lauralee said...

I liked this.

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