Today’s Scripture: Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words. 2 Timothy 4:14-15

The lawn guy had worked at the church much longer than the pastor had. He made more money than the pastor and worked 20 hours a week. During a business meeting, the pastor asked about this and said he had found a company that would charge less than they were currently paying. The board got angry at the pastor. They told him he obviously didn’t care about other people. The lawn guy had been working for years at the church and also helped them with projects they had around their own houses. Not long after the pastor’s suggestion, the board came to the pastor on Christmas Eve and asked him to resign.

Who was the leader of the church? Either the lawn guy really was, or the board. Most definitely, the pastor was not the leader. Unless the pastor had been willing to go against the entire church, the board, and the lawn guy, he probably didn’t stand much of a chance to be effective there.

It can be easy to lose your first battle because you don’t want to rock the boat. You think the situation will get better in time, and maybe you can just wait out the problem and it will solve itself.

Believe me, problems aren’t going to solve themselves. No matter how difficult they are to deal with, it is always better to deal with them.

You either deal with problems when they are small, or the problems will deal with you when they are big. It is your choice.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder