It’s On Fire!

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”

-Isaiah 43:2

There was a fire – there’s no way of sugarcoating the situation. I inadvertently set a pan on fire attempting to cook dinner. Flustered at the cooking mistake I had just made, I ushered my young son out of the kitchen so he wouldn’t be near the flames and reached for the fire extinguisher. I grabbed it, aimed, pulled the trigger, and extinguished the flames. The danger was over (and so was our dinner).

Dear Christian Radio – how do you respond to such a disaster in your ministry? We are constantly being bombarded with new trials and tribulations – projects that aren’t working, team member turnover, and the pressure to perform. The heat keeps getting turned up higher and we feel the heat as the flames start to grow around us.

I experienced one of those when I “cooked” our dinner and created a big mess. The disaster could have been avoided if I’d addressed it differently. I believe that the way we face these situations in our ministries and how we respond to adversity will make a big difference in the outcome.

First, trust in God. In Isaiah 43:2, we are told that “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah reminds us that we will face struggles; God will be with us throughout. Trust that you are not alone in your struggles and He has seen it all before.

Second, take a deep breath, and assess the situation. It’s probably not as bad as you think it is at first glance. When you are able to look at the situation without it being on fire, it will probably look a lot different. The problem might be something completely different than you first thought or it could be smaller/bigger than you first imagined. Either way, assessing the situation allows you to prepare an appropriate response.

Third, after those first two steps, you will be able to address the situation with a clearer mind which will allow you to make better choices, react in a positive manner and start addressing the root cause of the problem. Fight the urge to want to solve something quickly. The right solution is going to involve a lot more thought and discussion than a split second response.

Dear Christian Radio, when you feel you’re on fire,

  • Trust in God
  • Take a deep breath & assess
  • Address the situation with a clear mind

In Christ,

David Hodges
VP of Engineering
Positive Alternative Radio

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