I was given this challenging quote by Duane Burman. Duane and I are friends because of this blog and his sister Gwenna’s persistence in cajoling me into a writing career. That’s right, without Gwenna Hendrix my writing skills would still be hidden in my fingers. And here’s the funny part, Gwenna and I have never met. We know each other because she was a client of mine when I worked for a publishing company in 2007. The very first time I ever called her on the phone, we hit it off like long lost friends. I sent her a copy of my initial attempt at an autobiography and she loved it. From then on, it was a steady dose of friendly persuasion. I’m trying to be nice here, let’s just say she’s relentless when she wants something. I started the blog 2 years later and the rest is history. Duane heard about my brand of blogging and then contacted me when he came to Kansas City for business. Relentlessness must run in the family because Duane is in a league of his own when it comes to higher order thinking. Matching wits with Duane makes me feel like the village idiot, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that this quote peaked his interest and gave me a huge challenge.
I think I know where Dr. Schuller was going when he said this but it’s hard to expand on something that clearly speaks for itself. I believe he was trying to reinforce the idea of devotion to the cause of Christ. He was trying to build a case for commitment to faith and continuity of purpose with the end result being emotional stability and the benefits that come with it. I couldn’t agree more wholeheartedly. In my work with foster children, emotional stability is virtually non-existent and the root cause of dysfunctional families. The commitment to a stable family environment is the goal we work towards in the foster care system but it’s a huge struggle to build any level of continuity where people come and go indiscriminately.
It’s an interesting historical footnote that previously foster care was almost exclusively the province of churches, not the state. I have no evidence to support any claims as to which one worked best but it does make me wonder if faith in God wouldn’t come in handy as a source of motivation. In spite of all the negative publicity organized religion has been dealing with lately, the fact remains that individual Christians have achieved more than many organizations. The media just never reports on mission work and frankly most missionaries have no time to waste on interviews. This doesn’t even include the dozens of families I know who are doing foster care as part of God’s plan for their life. Their continuous commitment to helping children is often the only emotional stability these kids have ever known. These foster parents don’t ask for recognition and none of them need my encouragement. They already have all the benefits of faith and the reassurance that comes with it.
My previous blogs that were about Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King Jr. have something in common. Both of these great men were inspired by Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. In the book of Matthew, Chapters 5-7, you will find the text of this great lesson. I highly recommend it to everyone, regardless of your religious background. Anyone who seeks to live a fulfilling life based on a commitment to emotional stability will find the formula for success in this text.
If by chance I didn’t make it clear enough, I am forever grateful for Duane and Gwenna’s continuing faith in my writing skills. They constantly give me new ideas and encouragement to keep trying to improve my words and without them this blog would be infinitely more difficult. South Dakota is lucky to have you.
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