The Gospel of Adversity: Ten Lessons in the Downturn--Midland Prayer Breakfast, 2-9-16--Bishop Michael J. Sis
The Gospel of Adversity: Ten Lessons in the Downturn
Midland Prayer Breakfast, 2-9-16
Bishop Michael J. Sis
Thank you for inviting me to come and speak. Even though I’m a short man, I always enjoy being in the Tall City. I live in San Angelo, but Midland County is a part of the territory I cover, along with 28 other counties in West Texas.
This morning I’d like to talk about something that impacts all of us these days – the current economic downturn. In one way or another, the plummeting price of oil has a ripple effect on everybody around here:
So, here in the hard-scrabble life of West Texas, whether we have to sweep streets or flip burgers, each one of us can do something. With God’s strength, we get up, put one foot in front of the other, and take a step in the right direction. And even in those situations when it’s impossible for us to hold any kind of gainful employment at all, we can still love, and we can still pray. And both of these are extremely valuable.
I had a friend in his mid-80’s who was so physically disabled that he could not hold any paying job. With a smile on his face, he told me, “Mike, now I’m going to be doing full-time prayer ministry.” That’s the spirit!
This NEXT POINT is one that some of you might DISAGREE on, but from my perspective, I think it needs to be said: