I want to share with you a video clip where I spoke to the military chaplains that came to visit us here in West Seattle a few weeks ago. In this I hope you will see the distinction between glorifying God in helping people and therapeutically helping people. I do believe that God wants us to help people. But sometimes our definition of help and God’s definition of help are different. We often get so focused on helping that we lose sight of our true focus –on God. It’s only through prayerful consideration that we can see what God wants for the individual. As we disciple people, we keep our eyes and ears on God’s steps. God will instruct us through the power of the Holy Spirit and will define for us what it is to help. We do see in Scripture, God at times allows adversity, and we can’t get in the way of that. We journey with our brothers and sisters through adversity rather than rescue them out of it. Helping people suffer well means that they experience the love and joy of God in the midst of the trial. The joy and love comes from the atoning work of Jesus Christ.