Now can really hurt

When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death…” _John 11:4 (NKJV)

Now can really hurt.

A year ago Sonja and I were early into a new phase of our lives and ministry together. After 35 years of ministry based in local churches we moved to our denomination’s State Headquarters to become the director of Church Ministries.

It was definitely a shock to the system.Now

While we both knew we were doing the right thing it sure hurt. We left a congregation that we had served for 20 years, a congregation that had become our family and best friends. Moreover, we left our children and grandchildren. We moved out of our own home and drove away…it felt like a death.

I tell you, we had to scrabble around for some time to find our footing in this new venture that God led us into.

I was reminded of that this morning as I was debriefing my weekend. What a wonderful weekend it was. On Saturday Sonja and I were at the beautiful Bethesda Church of God in Sumter with one of my best friends in the world, Pastor Al Sims and his wonderful staff and team as they helped me conduct a leadership conference that helped almost 150 people. Then on Sunday we were with a new friend pastor Jamie Barfield and his beautiful wife and family and the amazing church family at Palmetto Pointe in Myrtle Beach.

Wow, what a wonderful weekend and what a wonderful privilege. My now is so much different than my now a year ago.

Now here’s the point of all this…

Your “now” may really be painful at the moment. I can’t promise you that it will get better anytime soon. Matter of fact, it may get worse. There may be some things in your life that will have to die. There may be some things that you will have to lay to rest. “Now” can really hurt.

But let me remind you of this, now is not forever. Commit your life and your now to Jesus, let him lead you and let him do his work in you.  If you do, it will not end in death but in new life for Jesus always has a better future for you, and that’s a promise I can make.

  • The ONE THING for today: Now can really hurt, but now is not forever.


Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.


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