written by: Phil Shobo
We’ve all done it. Admit it. Probably did at one point or another today. I know I did. The weather. The wait time to be serviced for food. Lack of funds to achieve goals or desires. Our issues with one another. The list goes on and on…….
9 times out of 10 we don’t realize the futility of what we’re complaining about until after the fact. It’s not until something is brought to our attention do we think “boy, that thing I was complaining about is nothing compared to this”
That’s not what this post is about.
Though it is part of it.
It’s true that we shouldn’t be complaining as average people living in the United States afforded so many opportunities that I could go on about beyond the basic food, shelter, and clothing we may more than likely presently have.
What I want to really address is how many of us “complaining Christians” are still “gung ho” to work for God and be so focused on His love and His mission in the midst of our afflictions?
Don’t get me wrong. I am by no means belittling anything any of us may be going through nor am I saying it should be as simple as a light switch to “get over it”.
What I am saying is that if we as Christians say we love the Lord God with all our heart, soul, and mind and are focused on what’s eternal are we still working on mission on sharing His love and wanting to win souls?
Allow me to introduce you to My Friend Fred. I had the pleasure of meeting Fred by my beloved brother in Christ Jonathan Inman.
Fred is a homeless man in Atlanta who diligently carrying out Matthew 6:33 in seeking first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness by standing outside Five Points Marta Station preaching the message of salvation to anyone within earshot. What is also important to point out is that no only is Fred homeless he is also blind suffering from immense pain from the cataracts in his eyes.
Despite it all he continues. Every. Single. Day.
It absolutely floors me as to how this giant man of God achieves this under the circumstances! What comes to mind when I think about him is Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 1I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
It’s no secret that this man epitomizes these verses. The life of this man has not only spurned me to not complain about circumstances but to be diligent in being a servant for the Most High God. I believe it’s on us all to be more like Fred, and ultimately more like Christ. No matter what the situation is it never takes away the focus from what’s really important. The eternal implications of our souls and those of others far outweigh the temporal benefits and security of this world. It’s my prayer that the life of Fred will snap us back into focus should we have slept off for a bit. Time is ticking. As you read this, you are one minute closer to eternity. Let’s be adamant about living for the kingdom of God because we love the person of God!!
If you would like to learn a little more about Fred’s life and want to be a part of his restoration, please visit this link http://www.gofundme.com/7rgdj4