Pastor Donnie McClurkin made a song some years ago called, “Stand.” And here are some of the words to that awesome and incredible song.
What do you do.
When you’ve done all you can, and it seems like it’s never enough.
And what do you say when your friends turn away, and you’re all alone.
Tell me what do you give,
When you’ve given your all and it seems like you can’t make it through,
Well you just stand, when there’s nothing else to do,
You just stand, watch the Lord see you through,
Yes after you’ve done all you can, you just stand.
These words resonate in our hearts all to often, and all too true. We try to help people, thinking that we are making some headway. We take on the responsibility of their spiritual and natural care, even going as far as to help them pay some of their bills, providing meals and transportation, a home, even employing them, thinking that “If only I could do more or pray hard enough just to reach them, then surely I can make an impact in their lives, and change their lives forever. I can make a difference.” Only to find out after you’ve poured yourself in, that perhaps you were’nt as necessary and important to their overall wellbeing as you had hoped or expected. You were just, convenient. Then you begin to feel just a little bit used and angry because you have poured your very heart and soul out into that person. You’ve fasted and prayed and sought the Lord on their behalf, and shared the saving truth of God’s word with them every oportunity that you got, even stayed up with them countless nights and helped them as they fought one demon or another, and yet nothing seems to have worked. They should be growing and increasing. They should be a lot further along than they are right now, but their not. They just seem to be moving further and further away from the truth. So, what do you do now?
You just stand.
Stand on what you know is true, honest, just, pure, Holy and right; stand on the Word of God. He alone can keep you from falling or stumbling because of the inconveniences we MUST endure for the sake of the call. He alone can rise us up above ourselves and our feelings of hurt, that we really should not be having anyway if it was truly God that instructed us to help in the first place. We must continue to be strong, and stop beating ourselves up because we think we failed. We did our jobs. We planted, or watered, or poured in, or nurtured, but it is only God who can and will give the increase. So whether it be a family member, a child, friend, a boss, a co-worker, a leader, or a stranger on the street, as Pastor Donnie McClurkin said, after you’ve done all you can, you just stand.
Now, tell us what you think, or, how you’ve had to stand.