The actor Woody Allen once wryly observed that “eighty percent of success is showing up.”
Would you agree?
I shared Dave’s story on Tuesday. He is a very successful business executive and found himself struggling with maintaining a healthy work and life balance. By God’s grace he happened to connect with our ministry at a very critical point in his life. He made some key adjustments. As a result, Dave was there when his son needed him most.
In essence, he showed up – not just at the office – but at home.
Sometimes you just have to show up – or pick up the phone when it rings.
Evelyn has been married for 34 years. Last May her husband announced plans to divorce her. Shaken and reeling, she reached out to Focus on the Family:
I decided to call your organization to see if there were any resource materials for older women going through marital problems. The representative informed me that you provided complimentary telephone counseling. I definitely wanted to take advantage of that! The counselor prayed with me, and she was very helpful in providing resource materials as well as the name of a licensed, professional counselor located in a remote, rural town halfway between my home and where my husband was residing.
After the first joint counseling session my husband said he wanted to save our marriage. He agreed to attend regular counseling sessions with me. We began attending church together again as a couple and refocusing on our marriage.
God definitely worked through Focus on the Family to restore our marriage. If I had not made the telephone call to your organization my marriage most likely would have ended. God provided your 24/7 support, resource materials, and a wonderful, licensed counselor to help us put a priority on our marriage.
I thank God for you.
Evelyn, I thank the Lord for you and your tender heart – and for trusting us enough to call. You allowed us to be used by our Savior who can heal every hurt and mend every broken heart.
This is why we’re here. This is why we show up each and every day!
Put quite simply, we’re called to be the Lord’s hands and feet here on earth.
Are you worried that you’re ill-equipped or unprepared for an appointment?
I would encourage you to go.
In short: Get up. Show up. And you know what? I suspect the Lord will show up, too.