david is one of “my guys.” we meet together every week and sharpen each other. sadly, david has recently been promoted and his new position requires a great deal of travel. between his job and my vacation, we have suffered through several weeks where we were unable to hang out…kind of like the perfect storm for community.
a few days ago, i received an alarming note from david. he talked honestly about his spiritual struggle (as he always does) and i could sense the frustration in his tone. this is what he wrote (and i share it with his permission):
I am struggling with increasing feelings of just how off base America is. How off base I am. This includes most of the American church goers as well. 2 Timothy 3 is all up in my business and it gives me cold sweats. I feel like we are on a sinking ship and I am not sure how to launch the life rafts without everybody thinking I am insane.
My kids future makes me depressed. I am worried that they won’t experience God. They need to be taught to fear him firstly and even that can’t be found at most churches. As goofed up as our childhood was, at least we had a healthy respect for the power of God and a fear of the Rapture.
I feel so luke warm and it scares me. I am having trouble leading my family to be hot for God.
david concluded his note with this sobering passage he referenced from from 2 timothy 3:
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.
i asked david to elaborate and he will be sharing in this space over the next couple of days. in the meantime, i’d like to do two things…
1. i’d like to hear from those that are struggling with similar feelings. is david’s “cloud” unique, or are others thinking the same type of thoughts?
2. i’d like to invite anyone that has words of advice/encouragement for those in david’s position to weigh in. if you’ve walked through similar circumstances and the lord has delivered you, let us hear about it.
i realize this is a departure for me, but i feel like maybe the lord is up to something.