Yes! You are in! Bryan's back! You feeling the heat of life and this broken planet? You about ready to lose your mind up in here, up in here? Here's a solution for you. A prescription written by Dr. Lorrits...here you go!
Wow! Thank you Dr. Lorrits. I'm very grateful for you and your words of wisdom. BTW, if you would like to hear the rest of that message, check out, "Patience, Pearls and Crockpots", published on September 17, 2023 via the Bryan Lorrits Podcast.
Patience. Argh. I should have been more patient. My biggest holes dug were from not being patient. Avid listeners know. If you are a newer listener, go back to the summer of 2020 and all my dirt is there. Well, the financial dirt and holes dug.
If you are human (tongue in cheek) you have dug your holes somewhere. You are wrestling with something. If you think you are perfect, this is not your podcast. Rom 3:23 is a recurring theme. Being real and confessing and repenting of our flaws and pursuing Truth for better days. You may not be physically in prison. Many of you are in some kind of figurative prison: anxiety, depression, addiction, adultery, porn, anger, resentment, money (too much or not enough), too much?! Not possible, You sure about that. Jesus says himself that it is harder for a rich man to get in heaven, it's like a camel going through the eye of a needle. Check Matt 19:24. Blessed are the poor for the kingdom of heaven will be theirs..Check Matt 5:3. Yes, too much money and/or comfort can be a blocking wall. Think about it. How truly happy are people in Hollywood? How many marriages stay in tact? How many die of alcohol or drug abuse trying to fill in those holes? Ok, back to task...
Some of you are so fed up, so sick and tired that you want to end it. Don't Jump. There is a purpose for your pain. If you are not in pain, then you know someone that is. Please share with and encourage them. You are here for a reason. You have a purpose. Your pain has a purpose. I'm not excusing what someone terrible did to you. I am saying don't let that terrible define you. God works ALL things for good for those that seek him. Check Rom 8:28.
Never underestimate your words of encouragement. An article caught my eyes not too long ago from NPR. Yes NPR. Whether you like them or not, the article is great. It is called Don't Jump and you can find that link in this podcast description or on our blog at FriDudes.com, entitled Heat.
For those, like me, striving to be patient. Waiting yet being proactive on what we can control. Side note, it's been over 10 years since I dug my stupid holes. I'm still working at it. God has not delivered me a lottery ticket. I still have work to do. I'm still in that crockpot being marinated and refined. Perhaps you too and hopefully that listen was as much of a lift for you as it was for me. As a capper on this one, I'm going to read from James 5: 7-11, here you go...
James 5: 7-11. 7 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9 Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.