weekly devotions to refresh your soul by Dr. Dan Bolin - September 12, 2023
Be united with other Christians. A wall with loose bricks is not good. The bricks must be cemented together. - Corrie Ten Boom
Forty years ago this week, I became the director of Pine Cove Christian Camps. The next 14 years were filled with some wonderful experiences and a few tough moments.
One board meeting was particularly challenging. Two distinct and contradictory viewpoints were held by strong board members. We all wanted the ministry to grow but saw different paths forward. Millions of dollars were at stake, and the outcome would shape the camp forever.
A consultant was enlisted to lead the meeting and help us discern God’s plan. Before we started, he handed out small adhesive and wire strips and asked us to affix them across the bridge of our noses. He said the strips were to remind us to breathe properly and trust the Holy Spirit to guide our deliberations.
More important than the decision would be the attitudes expressed during the discussion. The odd visual reminder helped us focus on discovering God’s vision for the coming years, not win a battle.
After a prayerful and lengthy discussion, a direction was discerned, and unity maintained. The silly strips reminded us of Jesus’ words to His disciples, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will lead you into all the truth.” (John 16:33)
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Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc