Monday, August 30, 2010

Do I stay or do I go?

This weekend marked the five year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Several Sunday morning news broadcasts were reporting on the condition of New Orleans after the storm and still today. It was humbling and sad to see the rows of abandoned homes no longer fit for human inhabitants leaving over 50,000 people displaced. Many of the homes looked normal from the outside but the flood waters left the insides muddy and moldy. Seeing all the abandoned neighborhoods left me with a feeling of despair.

But in the midst of all the damage, there sprang forth new life. One reporter's story focused on the families that came back to the area and began rebuilding. This was where their dreams were rooted so they would not abandon New Orleans like so many others did. Cleanup, construction and repair is beginning to breathe new life into the area. Some areas are already back to their former glory while others are starting over with a completely new look and purpose.

I started thinking about how I respond to the storms in my own life. Do I let the high winds and pressure cause me to abandon my dreams and seek safer ground? Or do I endure the storm and begin rebuilding on the foundation that God laid? What do you do? Let's think about it together for a minute. You may not have had a life storm that could potentially throw you off your axis yet. Or maybe you have and you're still standing in the rubble. How will you respond?

Do you feel a storm brewing? Are you in the midst of one now? Or are you on the backside of the storm wondering what to do with the broken pieces? God wants us to cling to Him in the midst of our storms and not let go until our feet are on dry land. Have you lost your dream or is this the opportunity to build it better with God as the foundation? Let's roll up our sleeves.

Be blessed,

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33


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