PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Getting Around the RoadblockJohn Tilton
"Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer. Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops." (2 Timothy 2:3-6)
Paul continues to mentor Timothy as to Timothy's call and the anticipated challenges that he and others called to serve Christ often confront. Paul encourages Timothy to anticipate persevering through challenging times ahead using three examples of people who often have to persevere and endure suffering in their call and assignments – the soldier in his purpose and discipline, the athlete in his adherence to the rules of the game and the farmer who toils. Thankfully, the victory comes in getting around life's roadblocks and subsequently pleasing one's superior, receiving the victor's crown and reaping a bountiful share of the harvest. The key point is enduring suffering by trusting and having faith in Jesus within us in order to persevere, and find solutions and resolutions.
These scriptures are so pertinent to a situation that the cast of the Christmas musical is facing today. We were informed yesterday that the school we are presenting the Christmas musical at has doubled-booked the auditorium for tonight, and initially informed us that we would have to cancel the presentation of the musical tonight which if so would be a nightmare with people showing up with paid tickets and the anticipation of a great musical only to find out that the evening's performance is cancelled. However, leadership is doing it's best to get around the roadblock by pushing the presentation of the musical back in time at least an hour to follow the other booking for the auditorium. Then to honor the attendees for the inconvenience; food, tables and chairs will be brought in for a reception while the guests wait the additional hour. It is an opportunity for us a believers and the church to be the example to the school and those involved in the other event, regardless of the challenges and additional expense to pull the sudden endeavor off and get around what originally seemed like an insurmountable roadblock. Yet, we do it because like Paul, Timothy and the other great mentors of the Bible, we endure hardships and find solutions and resolutions for the glory of Christ.
Dear Lord, you know the situations that I will face in life in having to endure hardships and roadblocks. In those times like tonight, may my heart and abilities through Jesus Christ enable me to get around the roadblocks and endure the hardships in finding solutions, resolutions, understanding or life lessons along the way. Please bless the presentation of the Christmas musical tonight in the preparation, the ability to start promptly at the new time and that the guests would be receptive, understanding and blessed by the whole evening.