The Most Poetic Plea For Help I’ve Ever Read!

Happy Saturday!

Incoming message 12:59am

This morning at 12:59am, I received a facebook message from an old friend! Just eleven years ago, this person was very instrumental in launching my family into full time ministry! He’s a great artist… one of his very special pencil drawings still hangs framed in my office, as a continual reminder of the day when I first answered Gods calling for my life.

The story is so much more than that, so let me explain…

Who is this mysterious sender?

Back in 1999, when I first felt like God was calling me out of the business arena… at the height of my career, when perfectly on track for 160 homes sold and an income of $400,000 that year… God came into my office one day with the wildest vision, and before we were willing to act on that vision, we needed to KNOW that I wasn’t just having some kind of mental breakdown.

So we prayed, “God, please give us some kind of external confirmation about this.” And the next morning, in comes this friend that I hadn’t seen in years… and he said, “I woke up this morning at 3am… and I grabbed my easel and drew this picture… and Chuck Balsamo was on my mind the entire time.” It was a pencil drawing of Jesus, dragging the cross… with a scripture verse about picking up my own cross to answer the call!

And here we are today 11 years later… what an epic moment that was for us!

The most poetic plea for help I’ve ever read

Now, today, this old friend is crying out for spiritual help. His facebook message to me has to be the most poetic plea for help I’ve ever read. Here it is…

Hey old friend, looks like life is treating u very kind. I’m not able to say the same right now. It seems that I’ve been running from myself for so long that I’ve lost who I am inside. When I separated from my wife some 6+yrs ago I felt somehow betrayed by God, because I was the man in charge of a Godly home, & how could He allow it to be broken. Since then, I’ve long known that He didn’t do it, He let us make our own decisions & we had reaped the sorrow in our lives because of the secret sins that we had sown into it. Our trees bear no fruit. I’ve recently had thoughts of returning back to take my place @ the feet of God but somehow cannot find the inner strength to do so. Is it pride that holds me back, or have I run so far from Him that the conviction just isn’t there anymore? Some of my happiest times were in the presence of God, & NEED to find my way home before its too late. If you have any words of wisdom for an old, broken down friend who’s blind from sin, I’m willing to listen. Thanks for taking the time to read this, may He continue to bless all that u do…

Todays blog tribe opportunity

Can you guys help me, help him? I know what you’re all capable of saying and doing… because I’ve seen you all in action before! This blog tribe is UNBELIEVABLE!

I realize this is a Saturday… and the comments may trickle in. But, please take a minute to say something, if you can.

Luke 15:3-7 So Jesus told them this story: “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!

Guess what tomorrow is!!!

Yup, you guessed it!! It’s Pastor Appreciation Sunday! I’ve been told to stay away from the office today… hmmmmmm, what can they be up to over there at Destiny Family Center??? I don’t know if I’ve ever been this excited before! Read yesterdays blog for more on that… (I’m Very Hyper! Wanna Know Why?) and I will see you all tomorrow! (I hope)

Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!

Chuck

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4 thoughts on “The Most Poetic Plea For Help I’ve Ever Read!

  1. I would counsel him by letting him know that the conviction is obviously still there, and that it was no accident that he wrote you. It may sound strange, but God chastises His children, and as difficult as this chastisement may be, it is a good thing in the long run. Pride is a potential stumbling block to anyone, including mature believers. So focus on the work of Christ at calvary, and not so much on ourselves. In doing so, Christ will remove the pride and begin His work of sanctification.

    And above all, don't be concerned with what others may think. Christ already knows all about your sins, and so there is no need or use in hiding them.

    As for the happiness, there is joy in being named among the redeemed, but be careful not to draw him into a false faith that says that, once you submit to Christ, all of your temporal problems will go away. Anyone who has been a Christian for any time at all knows that isn't true. Such a faith will only last until the next trial, which is sure to come. Focus on his need for redemption, and to rely on Christ for all.

  2. Wow! I am so happy to hear such a broken-hearted message! Please do not mis-understnad me though. For it is when we arfe broken-hearted that God can truly rescue us. It is impossible to be rescued if you think that you have nothing to be rescued from, but you my dear brother seem to recognize your need for help-(Jesus.)

    When I read your plea for help….it touched me. You see, I too have been where you are and even worse. I really thought that life was too far gone to turn it back around. But, do you wanna know something? It was either turn my broken self to Jesus, or live a miserable wretched life only do die and go to hell, with no hope!

    You are correct, we do have a free-will that allows us to choose our direction in life and ALL choices have consequences whether good or bad. The Bible even tells us to "choose for yourselves today whom you will serve" Joshua 24:15 So, do not be broken down by your past my friend, that is EXACTLY what the enemy wants you to do. You are NOT defined by your past! That is a lie from HELL!

    You need to CHOOSE to move on, ask God to forgive you of your sins ( as you recognize your need )and also ask God to help you forgive others who have sinned against you, (bitterness will pull you down). The moment that you ask forgiveness, IT IS DONE! Psalm 103:12 says " As far as the east is from the west,

    So far has He removed our transgressions from us". Do you know how far that is? There is no end! Awesome!

    So, my friend……..the choice is yours. Stay in your miserable state, OR turn to Jesus and allow Him to set you free from ALL your sins, to be remembered no more and start fresh. We all fall short of the way we should live, but that is why God provides us with His grace and mercy, He knew we weren't perfect. I would like to leave you with one final verse in the Bible that is one of my most favorite.

    For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jerimiah 29:11

    May the God of Peace & Restoration touch your heart to serve Him once again! You are in my prayers & I Love You!