I absolutely love writing blogs with a song title. Stylistics 1972, in a time of great turmoil wrote and sang this song about how different kinds of people can influence our world. What I enjoy about people is that we may believe some of the same things, but we are all essentially very different and interesting.
"But that's what makes the world go round, the ups and downs, the carousel...."
Who proves that this song has much merit is Jesus and his interaction with all sorts of people. He had a lot of different kinds of folks riding on his carousel. Look at the diversity of the apostles, and the nature of the people he touched like the Samaritan woman, the lame, the blind, the sinners and tax collectors. What was his point?
"People make the world go round...."
Surely God is in control but we push the buttons to start the carousel turning, we are the ones to carry out his plan, and in that plan are many different people, not just the ones we feel comfortable with.
As we wind down 2015 and another year of the ATB ministry, we can see some major dysfunction going on in the lives of our newcomers as well as recurring issues with some vets. Yet, the Lord is patient with us all and wants us to be the same, realizing that we need each other and some folks just need us a little more than others.
What we all need to keep in mind is how much grace God is willing to extend to us. How far and how wide is his love and forgiveness? And those who need that extended grace, myself included, need to remember to give freely back what we have been freely given, That is part of our growth, that is part of us becoming his ambassadors.
Yes indeed, people make the world go round, and it takes a whole lot of us to keep this world's carousel turning in the right direction. Through the ups and downs, let's never stop singing that tune.
I can hear you, can you hear me?
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.