Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Yes, we can ignore the messy bedroom or the leaky sink or the tight jeans, but guess what, they aren't going to clean themselves, fix themselves, or get loose on their own. No matter how big or how small the problem, issue, or trouble, things aren't going to be resolved, fixed, or overcome by ignoring them.
We have church leaders who want the title as "Pastor" or "Elder" or "Leader", but when it comes to dealing with problems or preventing problems or "leading", they would rather "Ignore" than lead. When it comes to having a struggle with a sin, or bad habit, or something, we want to just ignore it and live in denial, but problem is it doesn't go away it gets worse, creates more problems, and affect others.
Several years ago, I left full-time ministry and during that time out of ministry I started turning to alcohol and away from Jesus. I knew it wasn't ok or right to abuse alcohol or ignore Jesus, but I didn't care, my heart had become hard. I tried ignoring my problems for awhile. When I was sad, depressed, lonely, or upset I'd turn to alcohol. It created more problems that it solved. I made poor decisions, I was a bad example, I let people down, and I just created more problems for myself by abusing and mis-using alcohol. I couldn't ignore the problem anymore or it would have turned into a bigger problem and could have ruined my life, or even any opportunity I had to minister in the future.
Praise God, I stopped ignoring and started dealing. I turned back to God, He healed me and eventually was able to use me again in full-time ministry. Sadly, many people don't recover because they continue to ignore the problems.
When you have to have it, have to do it, or your life revolves around it, it's no longer healthy. Whether it's abusing Alcohol, doing drugs, using people for sex, hanging with the wrong crowd, or dating people who treat you bad, or hanging out with friends who use you, or something less noticeable like having a negative attitude, or being moody, or being judgemental and criticical of others. Anything, that is ignored long enough becomes a problem, but eventually not just a problem for you, but for those you come into contact with.
You think a drug user is only one to deal with his demons? You think the gossip, the negative, or the angry are the only ones effected by their behavior? Everyone pays the price when we ignore stuff.