I heard my old friend, Jeff Blugrind, passed away unexpectedly this week. He was a good man, an integrous man, a family man, a wonderful husband, father and friend! There will be a hole in the lives of all who knew him!
After hearing of his unexpected passing, my thoughts kept going to something I had written back in 2009 which I wanted to share with all of you! I hope this blesses you!
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As we all continue to struggle our way along with what is going on in the economy, this one word would not leave my heart . . . “NEVERTHELESS”!
“NEVERTHELESS” . . . An adverb which indicates the opportunity to change, yet maintaining the same direction or course of action.
This one word serves as a major turning point throughout the Word of God. This one word has stood center stage throughout the course of human history. Allow me to explain.
In March of this year, our dear sister, Kelly Goldsmith, lost a fellow employee of the Southern California Edison Company–his name was Paul Miller. This man, Kelly’s fellow employee, had battled colon cancer for three years. Many times Kelly would send out prayer requests for Paul and his family, but what amazed me is that this man exhibited tremendous courage in the face of cancer. As we learned more about him from Kelly, it became very evident that he used his illness as an opportunity to minister to others. When others shared words of encouragement with him, he in turn, took that same moment to encourage them! This note, written to his son, shows you what kind of a man he was:
It was clear to me that he faced and conquered what I call a “nevertheless moment”.
In Mark 14:36, we find Jesus at one of the most crushing moments in His life. Temptation was pulling on Him, causing His flesh to war against His spirit. The agony that Jesus went through at that moment in the Garden of Gethsemane caused Him to cry out to His Father for help.
“And He said, “Abba Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me…” – Mark 14:36 NKJV.
Have you ever wondered what would have happened if God (the Father) would have answered that prayer? What if Jesus yielded to His own desire that night?
Satan would have certainly won. The virgin birth, the baptism, the miracles, the teachings, everything would have been for nothing!
But praise be unto God for this one small word: “nevertheless”.
“…Nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.” – Mark 14:36 NKJV.
Precisely at this moment in time, Jesus stood at the crossroads of eternity and held humanity in His hands. Jesus through prayer completely yielded His will, His desires, His flesh, and His plans to the Will of His Father.
If Jesus turned His back at that moment, we would not be reading what is written here today. We would not have a moral compass to guide our thoughts, nor an ethical path to lead us to correct decisions.
Today we all face, at times, “nevertheless” moments. The decisions we make and the prayers we pray can change the very course of our lives or that of another person.
Let’s be sure that our prayers do not enable us to take the easy way out. Let’s look and take the example of our Savior.
Today, let us walk in His footsteps.