As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully. (2 Timothy 4:5 NRSV)

I heard about a man named Paul Loettz who took a bad fall--puncturing his lung, breaking some ribs and bruising himself internally. Lying in an emergency room he probably thought things couldn't get worse, but they did! As he looked up from his hospital bed, he heard the two doctors responsible for his care arguing over who would get to put a tube into his crushed chest. The argument became a shoving match and one doctor threatened to have the other doctor removed by the security police. Loettz said, "Please, somebody, save my life!"

While the two doctors argued over procedure, two other doctors took responsibility for the patient and saved his life. That can happen in the church. We can become so caught up in trying to resolve our own internal conflicts that we forget we are called to minister to people.

Dear Jesus, remind me often of my mission to minister to all of your people. In your name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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