Larry Bird was one of the greatest basketball players of all time, but he had a rough beginning in his life. Larry was born in a little town of French Lick, Indiana mostly known for being a small town that loved their basketball. He was one of a large family that constantly struggled for money just to make ends meet. In 1975 his dad committed suicide leaving a single mom with all of these kids to raise.
Now we have a mom, six kids, very little money coming in each month in small town in Indiana. She could have easily just fallen apart, but she didn’t! She could have given her kids away for someone else to raise, but she didn’t! She could have spent the rest of her life feeling sorry for herself, turning away from society and her friends, but she didn’t! She could have created within her six kids a spirit of bitterness toward life and God, but she didn’t! Instead she got her kids together and said, “Okay, let’s see what we’re made of!”
Suffering is part of our life and has been from the very beginning of time. If you are not experiencing some kind of suffering now, it may just be a matter of time before you do. In Romans we read: “ Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance.” When we are faced with difficult times we must choose how we are going to deal with suffering. Just as Larry Bird’s mom could have thrown in the towel, we are called upon to make some tough decisions. My challenge to us all is to look at our times of sufferings as a teachable time in our lives. We need to see just what God is trying to help us learn and never give up. Today may be a time in your life that you need to say, “Okay, let’s see what we are made of!”
In the days to come, we are welcoming Jeff and Glenda Kimes to CHBC. It is an exciting time to see just what God is going to do in our church as we move forward. Now is a great time for all of us to ask what we can do for God through our church. It is a blessing to be part of a congregation who loves the Lord and each other.