The Courageous Ones

May 26, 2015  |     |   General

     I have been working as Open Door Mission’s Head Chef for a little over six months.  I came from a restaurant, and there are many similarities with working here at the Mission, but even more differences.  The greatest difference is seeing the blessings, provision, and handy-work of the One True God on a daily basis!
     Being in ministry full time is a great place to be.  I have been stretched, molded, and conformed to look and act more like Jesus.  Some would say doing full time ministry is courageous, and I would agree.  I have learned there are many courageous men and women here, both staff and guests.
     One of the programs at the Mission is called the New Life Recovery Program.  The goal of this program is to help people learn how to overcome their addictions, pointing them to Jesus Christ.  I had the opportunity to sit in with the men who were candidates to move to the next level of the program.  There are different levels of the program, and several of our Directors acknowledge those who have moved up to the next level.
     Let me tell you, this it was an awesome sight to behold!  As these men went forward to receive their given certificates, the Lord spoke to my heart the word COURAGEOUS.  To see these men to be so humbled, desiring lasting change was very convicting.  There were about 30 guys in the room all, at different levels of the program, and they all cheered each other on, congratulating each other.  This was such a cool experience to be a part of.
     They were transparent and honest about their lives, of which I thought, “Wow, what a great example of Jesus!”  I would like to encourage everyone that we not let our pride, selfishness, and fear get in the way of our living courageously for Jesus.  One of my life verses is:

No temptation has overtaken you but what is common to man: and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13

     This is a courageous verse!  When life happens, which it will God, will not allow things that we cannot handle.  WOW!  How awesome is it that even when we think we can’t handle something, GOD DOES!  The key is that HE will help us, showing us the way.  Things might not turn as expected, but God is so good to amaze and surprise us with how HE works.
     So remember when you are scared and feel like giving up:  look to Jesus.  He is the solution!  Glory to God and God alone! 

Brian Springer

Head Chef