“Man… that guy sure did a 180 on me.” We don’t hear that expression often, it seems, or at least I don’t. But, I still see the effect of it. Meaning…. A complete turn-around. A complete opposite direction. We see this in both attitude, personality, character, and sometimes, even, in spiritual matters.
Typically we find these changes in our family and business lives. Sometimes a Father, or parent, will do a 180 in their relationship with their child, or vice-versa, and it results in a “lost child.” The process of correcting that issue, almost always, finds us making a corresponding 180, in order to deal with the “lost person.” Almost always, it deals with TOUGH-LOVE. We have recently seen success in “re-aligning” our children, by placing them in a “military environment,” that requires VERY-STRICT regiments; but most often we see positive results.
Wives sometimes have to deal with husbands (or vice-versa) that have fallen victim to some “character-flaw.” This, too often, is corrected, again, by a 180…. Usually a separation, or divorce. In the business world, it is dealt with, usually, in a much swifter manner……”you’re fired!” In the legal and medical fields, they have organized, and sophisticated ways, of dealing with “character-flaws,” usually some sort of 12- step program. Also, depending on the type of “character-flaw,” it is sometimes dealt with in a legal manner, resulting in a little bit of “jail-time.”
SPIRITUALLY….now that’s a whole different keg of nails. While the SPIRITUAL “character-flaw” almost ALWAYS effects the other areas of life (addressed above), it is more subtle in nature. It kind of creeps up on you. To examine that a bit… I have some friends, who lost their adult son due to CANCER, and (while they don’t admit it) they blame God for the terrible circumstances. And, blaming God…. Well that is done by…. Deciding that “there is NO God…..He doesn’t exist. Now that surely meets all the criteria for a 180. This particular couple went from a life-time of dedicated missionary service, and un-matched Church commitment…. To “not believing in God.” The process took several years to take root, and to fully mature. To repair this relationship, again, will take a complete 180. Can it be done….. for sure. Easy….. Heck NO! Time consuming: Darn right. It will take “all of God’s army” to bring this type of “flaw” back into …..spiritual alignment. As most of us would be outsiders to this type of issue, we are left to heavy doses of PRAYER. Others, who are more closely aligned to the people involved, will play important roles in the reconstruction process.
I am reminded, though of….Isaiah 40:29-3: He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. Romans 8:26: In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groaning’s too deep for words; …Blessings…cjlb…10/31/14
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