As a pastor, I think the thing that has given me more grief than anything, is when people LEAVE.
Somehow, I can’t help but feel as though I’ve done something wrong. No matter how I try to mask the pain, it still HURTS!
But I want you to understand, that not everyone who starts with you will FINISH with you…and that’s okay!
There Is A Season
Ecclesiastes says there is, “A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.”
So naturally, we should expect to have friends for a REASON, friends for just a SEASON and some friends for a LIFETIME.
As leaders, we just have to remain more focused on the MULTITUDES we’re trying to reach, than on a FEW we’re trying to hold on to.
Remember, the Bible warns us that God will CUT OFF every branch that does not bear fruit.
So, it doesn’t help to keep mourning about someone who doesn’t call or accept us anymore.
If we’ve already done EVERYTHING humanly possible to appease them, and they STILL choose to leave us, then their part in our play is over.
It’s time to LET THEM GO!!!
Bring It On!
Thankfully, our future is in NO WAY determined by the people who have walked away from us.
Everything God wants us to do, we will be WELL able to accomplish with the help of those that remain with us, and those He will BRING in due time.
Be on the lookout! God has already selected the EXACT people to bring into our lives at the PRECISE season that we will need their help.