13 May 2008

Wrestling

Before I post anything, I want to say thank you to everyone for all of the encouraging comments. It was wonderful hearing from so many friends. We miss you guys too. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

This post is long overdue... I have really been wrestling with just what to say and how to say it. Part of me didn't really want to respond... I've been working so hard to look forward at the future God has for me and my family and not focus on the past disappointments and trials we've endured. Those that know me well (and some that don't) have found out that I never shy away from dealing with the difficult situations... the last 10%... the stuff we'd rather not deal with... the portion that's easier to walk away from and say "forget it" about.

Yesterday I was reading in 2 Samuel 23; the chapter that lists David's mighty men and tells a little about some of them. Whenever I need to get that God-boost, that internal push that causes me to stand up tall with my shoulders back ready to face life I read about David's mighty men... men of valor, integrity, honor, loyalty...

It blesses me every time I read through the comments from our friends. I am also saddened by the fact that over a year later someone is still able to come spewing anonymous venom. It has been and always will be my prayer that God's is central in all of our lives. Whether it be a previous place of ministry, a future place of ministry or a person I randomly encounter in life; I love and hope to be part of the process that draws them closer to living a Christlike life. Without a doubt it is my life's mission to challenge people to come to a place in life where God is the center and everything flows out from there.

Anonymous, as for your apology... thank you. I do accept your apology. I have to admit though, it is somewhat difficult, seeing that I don't really know who it is that I am accepting this from? Apologies are personal, if you desire to be more personal with your apology feel free to contact me: thornton83@gmail.com

All that said, life is still crazy. In fact God is truly at work in the Thornton family. I look forward to the coming weeks and months as we see God move on our behalf and do some incredible things. Pray with us that He makes our path straight, as we have some big things that need to come together. I look forward to sharing more with you all soon.

6 comments:

Steve-o said...

great post. i know we're praying our guts out over here. we love you guys so much. i know god will work all things for good.

side note: i got some blisties on my hands from hitting about 1200 golf balls last night, in preparation for today, so hands are a little tender. It's actually not funny at all. It's incredibly painful.

Glenda said...

I agree with Steve, great post! I am very proud of you. It's like I said on my blog recently, you are who you are. Crisis, hardtimes & discouragement did not make you a man of integrity, you always were a man of integrity. Thank you for always walking your talk...I LOVE that about you!!!!

to add to steve's side note:

Ryan: Did this happen on company property?
Michael Scott: It was on company property, with company property. So, double jeopardy, we're fine.
Ryan: I don't think-- I don't think you understand how jeopardy works.
Michael Scott: Oh, I'm sorry. What is, 'we're fine'?

Melissa Marina said...

Erik, I am amazed by you. While you are kind, gentle and gracious, you stand firm and unaltered by the painful blows that have come to you and your family. I believe that is called meekness. And the Word speaks so many promises to the mighty men who carry this attribute. I am praying for you and your family....and for these promises to be seen in the fullest.
Psalms 37:11

jet said...

We are praying for you/with you, too. We love you guys and believe in you 110% !!! You're AWESOME!! I love ya! I'm so thankful for the rock solid guy that you are. I am grateful and soo proud you are my brother!

Earl Thornton said...

Wow, it is a post like you have done that just reinforces the pleasure I have in calling you SON.
I am proud of you. I have told you this privately and in public.
Very well stated.
You never hide, nor run from dealing with the issue.
Good job.

ro.duh. said...

lol to glenda's usage of the office quotes. David's Mighty Men scriptures are the BEST!

...still praying for all that is to come! and just like glenda said, you really are a man of integrity in every circumstance. that is one of your greatest qualities!