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Resolution

by Dave Branon

The contention became so sharp that they parted from one another. —Acts 15:39

In May 1884, two young parents disagreed about what middle name to give their newborn son. The mom preferred Solomon; the dad, Shippe—both family names. Because John and Martha couldn’t agree, they compromised on “S.” Thus Harry S. Truman would become the only US president with an initial for a middle name.

Over 120 years later, we still know about this conflict—but we also know that a reasonable resolution was reached.

In the New Testament, we read about another disagreement that has lived on in history. This one was between two missionaries: Paul and Barnabas (Acts 15). Barnabas wanted to take Mark with them on a trip to check on some churches they had helped previously (v.37). But Paul did not trust Mark because of an earlier incident (v.38). Paul and Barnabas disagreed so sharply that they parted ways (v.39).

We still read about this argument 2,000 years later. What’s important is not that it lived on in history, but that it didn’t leave permanent relationship scars. Paul apparently reconciled with Barnabas, and in his final days asked for Mark to be with him because “he is useful to me for ministry” (2 Tim. 4:11).

Arguments happen. But let’s make sure they are resolved. Grudges are a burden too heavy to carry.

Arguments can lead to grudges,
Which, if left, will cause a rift;
But if we bring resolution,
Our relationships won’t drift. —Sper

http://odb.org/2011/02/21/resolution/

 

Vision

Isaiah 40:28-31

28 Do you not know? 
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

You meet so many small men! Not small in stature– but men who think little, talk little, plan little.  Like Eagles staked to the ground, there’s no soar to them.  Ceiling is zero– and their horizons are pulled in to the hub.

Not that these men are selfish (some of course are). But its just that they’re preoccupied most of the time with their own little bailiwick. They don’t allow their minds to stretch and breathe. They don’t think– they just rearrange their prejudices.

These little men are indifferent to problems other than their own. The have no concern for those thins which do not hold a personal reference. They refused to be bothered!

The times demand big men.  Not men who are big shots (they are useless), but men who are big in heart and mind.  Great men!  Large-souled men!

Men with vision– whose feet are on the ground but whose eyes are on the are horizon.  Men whose hearts God has touched. Men committed– dedicated to God and his holy, high purposes! Men of integrity!

-Richard Halverson