Monday, December 18, 2017

Delays – Who Needs Them?

Delays can easily become frustrating; for life is constantly increasing its pace and opening up more choices to us.

Children typify this frustration. Though have you considered that asking a five year-old to wait for five minutes is the same as landing a half-hour wait on a thirty year-old?

As an employment counsellor, I visited prisons to interview those due for release and found that most prison escapes occur near the end of a sentence. Most prisoners escape because they cannot handle the strain of waiting, but some escape so their recapture will keep them free from personal responsibilities!

Delays offer time to reassess our methods, our priorities, our long-term goals and our effectiveness; which is why faith can make a big difference. If we let God’s timing overlay our delays, His promise of new energy and insight describes how eagles detect invisible thermal currents and ride them effortlessly into the sky.

The thermal currents of God’s grace surround us all the time, but they are harder to ride – or to see – if we allow resentment, bitterness, guilt or self-doubt to weigh us down. God offers to free us from that weight through His forgiveness: for all our mistakes and for those who cause pain from their own malice, ignorance or indifference.  

Letting go of all that weight also releases us with inner confidence from being accepted and trusted by God who helps us to inspire people around us to recognise his thermals and ride them through their own delays.

Noel Mitaxa,

On behalf of a church near you,

Inviting you to explore God’s love

 

Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to the Disciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996.

Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally.  Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs.

He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!

He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren.

His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helping unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them.  The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians.  He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX.

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