This morning was a little hectic, and I believe it was a test for me. As the boys from dorm five and I were preparing the blue building for breakfast, there was an altercation outside. Of course, I didn’t find out about it until I brought the rest of the boys inside for breakfast. A junior leader and another boy were involved.
Afterward, I addressed the issue with the boys. I told them that being a leader in a dorm, ministry, church, job, school or sports team can be very difficult and may produce a lot of stress. Someone will be upset and complain or something will happen in which the leader will react in an inappropriate way. This morning was no different. There was a man named Moses who was the leader of the Israelites. During their exodus from Egypt, the people complained about not having water. Exodus 17:2, “So they quarreled with Moses and said, ‘Give us water to drink.’ Moses replied, ‘Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you put the Lord to the test?'”
God told Moses to strike the rock and water will come out. He did and water came out. Obedience. Whether we are a dorm parent, a leader or a boy we need to be obedient to the Lord. He stands with us.
What happens when we are not obedient? Here’s an example again of when the people did not have water and they complained. God told Moses to speak to the rock and water will pour out. Did he obey? No. Moses struck the rock because of his anger toward others. The consequences? He lost a blessing. Moses could not enter into the Promised Land.
We need to be obedient. When there is an obstacle in our life, a situation with another that causes you to be angry, talk to the other person and you will be blessed. Don’t let your anger cause you to lose a blessing from God. It is written in Proverbs 15:1, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” I tried to control my anger with my own power, but it didn’t work. I need to be obedient to the Lord. Remember, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
I asked the Psychologists to talk to the boys who had a conflict, and they spent some quality time with them. Believe it our not, sometimes the boys tune me out when I talk to them so having Christian Counseling available here is a benefit to all of us. They talked to the boys for a couple hours, and afterward, everything appeared to be good.
Can I tell you how much I love the Lord? He has helped me this past week with my anger and my lack of patience. He has given me more peace than I have had in a long time. It is written in Galatians 5:1, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” As I continue to live by the Spirit, He helps me overcome those acts of the sinful nature and replaces them with the fruit of the Spirit. My relationship with my boys is better and with the other children and staff, as well.
When Candy says that she wants the old Lee back…”The man who is full of compassion and love for others.” She knows me. The problem… pride and lack of humility. We are a temple of the Lord, a house of prayer. So when God says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land,” we need to listen, humble ourselves, pray and repent. In other words… be obedient.
As we were crossing the pasarela to prepare the blue building for dinner, I noticed and of course the boys noticed, that Adam and Vilma had installed a pool in the transition area. Of course, the first question the boys asked was, “When are we going to get a pool?” All I could think of in my head was, “Thanks Adam.” His ears must have been burning because after dinner he talked to me about our boys coming over this Saturday to swim. I said, “Thanks, Adam!” This time it wasn’t sarcastic.
Lee and Candy