“I’d rather fight than switch!”

By Dave Henning / June 1, 2012

There was a popular cigarette ad in the 1960’s that featured smokers with a black eye asserting that they’d rather fight for the right to smoke that brand of cigarettes rather than switch to a competitor.  In other words, they’d rather be right, even if it hurt!

That type of scenario also can play out in our ministry downsizing or position loss.  When we assert the correctness of our opinion/stance regarding some aspect of our ministry loss- even if we totally are justified in holding to our position, we lose sight of the bigger picture.

T. D. Jakes (Let It Go) cautions: “Just because the facts are on your side doesn’t mean you know the truth that matters.  Would you rather be right or be rewarded?”  He later adds that we need “faith to trust God when the way he takes you looks like a wilderness and seems unfair.”

Romans 8:28 really gets to the crux of the matter: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

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