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What do you do when life’s good but a trial is coming?

January 17, 2013

We were both sitting in a Chick-fil-A booth enjoying our chicken salad sandwiches when my pastor asked me, “So how are things really going Mark?”

I said, “Things are going so well that sometimes I worry. I know life will include trials so sometimes I worry about the next trial. It’s almost like waiting for the other shoe to drop and suddenly life won’t be this good anymore.”

Daniel, my pastor, said, “You know what I do to help when ‘waiting for the other shoe to drop’? By the way, I worry about stuff like that too. I depend on community. I’ve developed a deep relationship with a few people for that very reason. Because if someday it turns out that I’m a jerk to you those deep relationships in your life will help you navigate through it. If someday you begin to become a jerk those people will help get you back on track.”


I know more trials are coming my way. We don’t like to think about that do we?

Do you have a few deep relationships? Have you experienced the benefit of deep relationships helping you through a trial?

Here’s to deep relationships and chicken salad sandwiches with Daniel.

  1. I so relate…..I have some wonderful, deep relationships with my small group, the Sassy Sisters. They are wonderful…they keep me grounded, they encourage and pray for me, they tell me the truth….and above all, they LOVE…they have been paramount in my time of trials and I know I can count on them as each new trial comes. As a group we lift each other up in each difficult season, each one helping to carry each others burdens. Wow, what a blessing these ladies have brought to me and I am encouraged to be a blessing to others because of their sisterhood in my life….

    • You have not only benefited from this principle but I’m watching you walk a friend through her trial. Grateful for your friendship and ministry Judy!

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