Inspiration

By Charles Towne                        

Recently at our 6am Thursday morning men’s prayer breakfast, (yeah, I know it’s early!) Pastor Barry asked, “what can we do to help our community?”  And his question provoked my thought processes.

As I look at the world situation in light of the pandemic and note the widespread panic, it gives cause to wonder. I am reminded of John Bunyan’s classic work, Pilgrim’s Progress,
and think of sweet cream in it’s propensity to always rise to the top.

You may not be aware, but Bunyan wrote Pilgrim’s Progress while he was imprisoned in the Bedford Jail.

However, instead of bemoaning his fate, he perceived his imprisonment as an opportunity to serve God and man. And as a consequence, how many lives have been transformed?

As ridiculous as this idea might sound, maybe — for all the lives around the world that were touched by his experience — just maybe Bunyan’s Bedford Jail experience might be called a pandemic of opportunity!

Other prison experiences that we must consider are those of the Apostle Paul’s.  How many of his life changing letters enclosed in the Bible were written while he was in chains?

Just perhaps, as strange as it might sound, this is a new way to look at the word, pandemic, not as a curse, but as an opportunity.

Never before in earth’s history has the opportunity presented itself for God’s people to spread the “good news of the gospel” as now. What opportunities for making a difference in other people’s lives do we have before us.

May we not sit on the sidelines, but like Bunyan and Paul turn this crises into a pandemic of love lived everyday.

Papa God, please open our eyes that we may see, and touch our tongues that we may speak words of hope and joy and love to a dying world.  Praise You O Holy God, and help each and every one of your children be a great blessing to the world.  In Jesus’ wonderful, and blessed name we ask it, Amen.

 


Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life.

16 COMMENTS

  1. Hello everybody!!!I was just visiting with Don Young, a very dear friend in Kansas, and he blessed me greatly with something I will now share with you. I love his idea. I never heard this before but what a blessed idea! He said that “Friendship is the vitamin of life!” I guess we can call it VITAMIN F! Bless you all in Christian love. Chaz

  2. WOW!! What a great idea!!
    Using this time to help others is a brilliant thought. Not only will it be encouraging to someone, but it could actually help take your mind off the stressful situation all around you. Obviously we have to adhere to the social distancing rules as we find ways to help. If you know someone who is out of an item, such as TP, leave it on their doorstep. Or, a gallon of water… they will be blessed by it, but so will you!!
    If you can’t share items, an encouraging phone call is a wonderful opportunity to connect with friends. I stopped to buy water today and decided to get a few “Thinking of You” cards.
    I will be sending them to those who cannot get out, as well as those who just need a little encouragement in their day.
    It’s a perfect reminder to share some love with folks and tell them just how good God is!! None of this is a shock to Him. He is still in control and will use all of this, to His honor and glory, in His perfect plan.
    Thank you, Lord, for continuing to protect us. We ask for more ideas from you to bless and encourage others.
    God bless you, Chuck!

  3. Dear CSG, We can defeat the mischief maker in his efforts by being true friends to the world when it needs it the most! Keep looking up and reaching out in love and mercy. Bless you and all of yours my friend, Chaz

  4. I agree…this has been a time to stop and reconnect with cherished loved ones, check in on friends, and enjoy life’s simpler gifts such as gardening, bird watching, etc. I have to admit, I really like seeing families outside taking walks together. Maybe this will “stick” and become the new normal???

  5. Dear NH, “and let it began with me!” Building new habits, habits that are life changing, habits that are constructive and pro=creative, habits that transform us into better, sweeter, kinder, more loving people. Let it be said of us that we build up and not tear down. “Let the words of my mouth and my very thoughts be acceptable in your sight O Holy God.” Let it be said of us that we never spoke evil of any person. In Jesus’ blessed and Holy name we ask this, Amen

  6. Yes, we are living in interesting times, and I agree, an opportune time to connect with friends and family via letters, phone, and FB. We now have plenty of time to read, cook, take walks, meditate. But there are many who are afraid, concerned about job loss and mounting debt. About the only way we can help them is by remaining positive, sending positive vibes into the energy field that envelops the planet. There power of positive thinking is real. Keep smiling.

  7. Judith Hankes, I thank you so very much for your positivity. Optimism is so necessary in so much of life. Take fishing for an example. When I was a kid I knew where each species of fish would most likely be lurking on the river. There were places you could count on catching bass, others spots where lunker catfish hung out, and I remember the bullhead hole where I could always catch a nice mess of yellow bellies. And if mama said she wanted to make fish patties I would catch two or three lunker carp. Wowee, Delicious! I guess that is usually the way it is with life, you catch what you set your mind on, and what you bait your hook to catch, if you get my drift In life you make friends by being friendly, or, as the old saying goes, “sweet cream makes happy cats!” Bless you all, Chaz

  8. I always like to remember “God Has A Plan”, and also that WE are the ones that have the legs that can respond to His plan! At this time of life, many are worried about their future. We can be the one to respond to some of those worries. Like CSG mentioned, some people might need a simple call to let them know they are being thought of. We can still keep our distance and drop off any extra food items that shut-in’s might need. Some might like a short time of prayer for some of their needs or concerns. It doesn’t take a lot of time to brighten someones day and to let them know that someone cares.

  9. Ahh Don, A kind word, a smile, a gesture of glad recognition, a whispered prayer, a helping hand, a tear shed in sympathy, all of these are love to a hurting world. Bless you my forever friend, and yes, God has a plan. Chaz

  10. There are many folks currently out of work due to the pandemic and any kind gesture would surely be appreciated. So many folks have talents and time to do something to help others. We also need to be especially grateful for the folks in our community who are deemed “essential workers” and realize the risk of infection that they face every day so that others are safe and have the essentials they need to survive. For example, If you need something from a home improvement store go get it but don’t go there to “browse” because you are bored at home and the store is open. Be kind to the workers at the grocery store – accept the rules or go somewhere else to shop. We will survive this and come out stronger – patience, courtesy, kindness and faith in God are key…

  11. Oh Mike, it is all about friendship and service. I applaud the efforts of our sanitary workers. We take them for granted, as we always have. Think of the insensitive jokes directed at the garbage men, it is not a job I would want. Bless our civil servants and bring us all through this stronger and more considerate than we have ever been before. Praise God in all things, Amen

  12. Charlitos !!! !!! Little Brother !!! In this Situation what we’re living nowadays ; and YoU talking to turn Pandemic the Love for the Planet. The Pandemic to Blessing America and The Earth. To Turn Pandemic Our Hearts to Take Care around OUR Animals and Forrest and Jungles !!!
    You’re an Inspiration MAN !!! A Beast !!! Mannnnn, turning this experience in a Blessing and reflecting moment for EveryBody !!!
    GOD Bless the Planet !!! GOD Bless America !!!

  13. Herbert, To my way of thinking each of us is placed here to bless the world. We are slow learners but someday hopefully we will become love for the world, that I believe is Gods intent. Bless you dear folks, Chaz

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