This is the next installment of a series of blogs dealing with “Tough Issues” in Christianity. The purpose of this series is to exchange ideas and more deeply examine the foundations of our own beliefs. It is not a place for argument and heated debate.
In this blog we will be meeting a man named George. As you work through his issues, particularly focusing on fate in our lives, address your responses to George. How would you help him with both his personal and family situations?
Six weeks ago George and his family moved into your town as a result of a job transfer. George now works in your office and the two of you are working on the same project. You are developing a friendship.
George has a wife and three children, the eldest being a 14-year-old son. This move has been extremely difficult on George’s family since they have been uprooted from a very small community where George and his wife grew up. The kids, in particular, are having a very hard time getting adjusted to and being accepted at school.
George and his family were very occasional church goers in their old home. He knows a little about your being a Christian and you’ve invited him to visit your church and offered to talk with him about your faith. He’s shown some interest.
George has frequently talked about “How lucky” he was to get this transfer. You’ve also noticed that he checks his lottery tickets each day and always does a scratcher or two each morning.
The two of you are together alone in the break room. You ask “How are the kids doing? ”
It’s been rough. Nick, my oldest, in particular. He misses his friends and seems to be having a very tough time fitting in. And he’s developing a strange fascination.
” Tell me more about that? ” you ask.
“In his literature class, Nick read Beowulf. From there he developed a fascination with the Nordic goddesses of fate. Now he off finding out everything he can about various gods of fate. He thinks everything in his life is somehow controlled by some of these gods and that there’s nothing he can do to be happy with this move. He’s taken on a pretty fatalistic view of life and I’m worried about him. It’s starting to rub off on my wife, too. She’s pretty down with this move, too. I’d like to know if you have any suggestions. ”
The Three Sisters of Fate
Just then, two others join you in the break room, interrupting your conversation. On your way back to your offices, you tell George that you’d welcome the opportunity to talk with him and you make arrangements to meet with him for breakfast next Saturday morning.
What guidance will you be ready to offer George?
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