Hope for Today is a monthly column written by Clint Decker. It is published online and in newspapers throughout the Great Plains. In it Clint shares a message of hope through the current events and trends of our day. This blog contains Clint's current and archived columns. HFT is a ministry of Great Awakenings, Inc. Learn more about Clint Decker and his ministry at www.greatawakenings.org.
a television interview with former heavy weight boxing champion, Mike Tyson, he
said he had lost over $300 million dollars in his career.Now, after reflecting on a life of costly mistakes
he is trying to make some positive changes.
did Iron Mike’s life self-destruct?Outside of his obvious poor choices, some of the people around him are
you ever just wanted to be “nice” to a family member, friend or co-worker by
helping out with an issue they were facing – albeit major or minor?Maybe you truly felt sorry for them.Maybe you saw the coming consequences and
wanted to step in before it got worse.Maybe
the issue affected you somehow and getting involved was in your best
believe there are too many “nice” (or guilt-ridden and manipulated) people who
are sustaining and thereby delaying necessary consequences to bad
behavior.Perhaps Iron Mike would have
been sitting differently today if some folks would have stepped back and not
been so “nice”.
there are too many . . .
parents trying in vain to wake up their 17-year olds for school. ·Older
parents or grandparents doling out gas money to their 30 year olds. ·Wives
being the middle-person to their kids explaining their dad’s actions. ·Employees
cleaning up messes from their bosses or other co-workers.
the goal for everyone is to become a mature, independent, responsible adult.Lovingly stepping back and choosing to allow
someone to fail and experience pain is an unfortunate but necessary
teacher.And often our good intentions prevent
that from happening.
we step back we are allowing someone else to step in.God.It is an act of love and trust.King Solomon wrote, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.In all your ways
acknowledge him, and he will make straight your
paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).We love the person enough to stop trying to rescue
with hopes they might change.We trust
God enough to step back and release the person into His care.Who can do a better job?He or you?He hung the stars.He raises the sun
every morning.He provides the sparrow
its food.What have you done?
Let us step back and allow
God to work.May He become the hope for
today in the lives of the people we so desperately want to rescue.