Questions?  We all have them.

 There are important questions. Should I have that operation?  Should I sell my house even though it’s underwater?  Should I change jobs?  Should I break up with my girlfriend?

Little questions can be important, also.  Should I eat that last piece of pie?  What should I have for lunch?  Should I dress to impress or can I wear something that will help me be comfortable?

Paul, the apostle, was traveling pastor and he is known as the first missionary.  He needed many helpers to be able to accomplish the tasks the Lord had given to him.  Timothy was a young man when he became Paul’s friend and then his helper.  When Timothy became a pastor in Ephesus, Paul wrote him.

They became first and second Timothy in the Bible.  From those letters, we get a lot of good advice.  Paul helps to teach Timothy about how to live.  Therefore, our members within the mentally challenged community can learn from these letters important principles about how we should live.  These letters are written to a young adult. This perfectly fits our population because of their disability often keeps them young at heart.

Paul talked about every day problems and circumstances.  He understood that it is the things we encounter each day and how we react to them which is what shapes much of our spiritual growth.  Additionally, we see that God is extremely practical about what He wants us to do–small and big.

What our members may not understand is that the big decisions are made in small ways. Mark, a member , is offered a new position at work, perhaps a promotion which will take give him more hours but a cut in his SS benefits.  Does God want him to take it?  When he realizes that the company has good benefits and he will actually have better insurance, then he may begin to think that this promotion is God’s provision.   Perhaps Jill’s current boss doesn‘t really like her. But at the new position, her supervisor will be a woman she admires and someone who enjoys Jill’s company.  This could be God’s way of helping Jill into a better and more fulfilling position.

In short, it’s the little things that almost always direct decisions that could be life changing.  It is a paradox.  God usually wants us to look at the little things to make big decisions.  The Bible helps us make decisions big and small. Helping our members learn to watch the simple issues that make up our lives can be a valuable tool which guides them in knowing the wisdom of the God.

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