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May 2, 2012 / joelmalm

Let It Die Man, Let It Die

A few years ago a friend asked us to take over his ministry in Mexico.  We went to Mexico and ended up closing the guy’s ministry down.

I don’t usually put that on my resume.  People don’t like to hear that you closed things.  They want you to start things that “leave a legacy.”

Sometimes I look back at that experience and think, What the heck was that all about God?  I just recently came to this conclusion about the experience:

I think God was trying to teach me that it’s ok to bring things to an end.

God is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. (Revelation 21:6)  Only the government starts programs with no stopping date.

Sometimes we want to hold on to things that were for a season.  The honeymoon phase of marriage.  The unique worship experience.  That church we loved.  They served their purpose and God used them, but now it’s time to move on to bigger and better things.  To more depth.  Hanging on to them will really only hold us back from what God has.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted…
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-2)

(Note: Marriage is an obvious exception to the bringing things to an end rule.)

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  1. Karen Ball / May 2 2012 12:42 pm

    Ha! You KNOW I was about to comment on marriage, didn’t you? So glad you clarified.

    • joelmalm / May 2 2012 2:28 pm

      Yes, I have learned you never leave room for ambiguity 🙂

      • richardmalm / May 3 2012 7:42 am

        Till death do you part. Yes, even marriage has a time and a season

  2. Judy / May 4 2012 7:21 pm

    I can see how marriage is the exception but let us not forget adultery and lies. There sre some of us that have done all we know how that are now waiting on the Lord for the final KUDOGRAW- THE BLOW OF Death OF the marriage. Some may disagree but GOD will still get the glory.

  3. Scott St. Onge / May 17 2012 7:07 am

    Excellanta.

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