Daily Thoughts, December 7, 2002
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Lost Cause

There is a dilemma hidden in every conundrum. At what point does the crossing of the etched mark in the sand signal that there is no turning back on a very difficult, complex, and often painful decision? In the past the challenge usually came along with moral and ethically choices, yet in today’s world it has expanded into everyday life.

You and I are not sure how much more patience we can give when someone is dumping all over us. Do we confront evil? If so, which evil? What happens when there is little support from others; in fact they may not even be able to see the details that are in clear sight.

There is such a thing as a lost soul. “For people who hate discipline and only get more stubborn, there’ll come a day when life tumbles in and they break, but by then it’ll be too late to help them.” (Proverbs 29.1) As difficult as it is to say, it is not our job to save the masses. That doesn’t take away our role in life however.

How does one respond to the puzzles of life? When do you stop helping your fellow man? The simple answer is that you stay engaged and connected as an extension of God’s hands, voice, ears, feet, and soul. Does that mean that we will solve every problem? No, but it does mean that we will cry for those who stumble and fall. Is this a call for action? For some yes, for others not this particular cause. What does it mean?

My way of answering the question is this. We are called to be God’s children, because that is what and who we are. In this role there are principles that guide every actions, choice, and value. The principles are compassion, mercy, and unconditional acceptance of everyone as a member of the same family.

There may be cases that we cannot help; however always remember that there are no lost causes! We are and always will be God’s kids, even when we chose otherwise.

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