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Charles Colson

Of all of the men in the book “Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness”, Chuck Colson life is truly impressive.  Partly because he lived in our era.  To read about a man, especially a man who worked in the public eye, and whose life was truly transformed, amongst all the scoffers, is a testament to God, and the power of Jesus Christ.

Chuck Colson’s life was: 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Charles (Chuck) Colson, who worked hard, in his younger years, for President Richard Nixon – the most powerful man on earth, but spent the second half of his life working even harder for the King of kings.

Chuck was an only child to ambitious parents.  They sacrificed to allow him to attend Browne & Nichols in Cambridge, MA.  He graduated in 1953, then married (Nancy). In the next few years they became parents to 3 children, 2 boys and a girl.  Chuck rose quickly in the Marine’s ranks to become the youngest captain in its long history.

In 1954, on the deck of the USS Mellette, he became certain that beyond all the stars, was God.  He prayed and accepted God’s miraculous and mysterious ways.

In 1960 he managed a senator’s political race. There he learned his first ‘dirty tricks’, from planting fake news stories to spying on the opposition. Chuck was obsessed with politics which led to a divorce. In 1964 he married the woman who would be his wife for the next 48 years – Patty Hughes.

!n 1968 he became involved in a presidential campaign, working hard to elect Richard Nixon.  At age 38 he had the ear and the confidence of the most powerful man on the planet.  In 1972, he was made a scapegoat and was let go. This after 4 years of, anything but, upstanding moral behavior.

Chuck, as a lawyer, met a client who recently accepted Jesus Christ at a Billy Graham crusade.  Tom Phillips gave Chuck an open invite to talk anytime he felt or needed to. Chuck, at the time, felt uncomfortable about it.

Meanwhile, a historical political meltdown was brewing called Watergate. It was revealed there were unlawful secret conversations that were recorded. Chuck cringed thinking about whta was said. Newsreporters and cameras were now stationed outside his home. Chuck escapeded the gathering storm by taking a trip (to Maine). En
route, he decided to visit his friend, Tom Phillips, in Massachusetts. Chuck asked what had happened to alter Tom’s life so drastically.  He pulled out a paperback copy of ‘Mere Christianity’ and read aloud from the chapter on “The Great Pride: Sin”, Chuck felt the agony of shame, and began to sob.

As he drove home, Chuck, still sobbing, pulled over to the side of the road.  There on the side of a MA road, Chuck gave his life to the Lord. All Chuck knew was that  he asked God into his heart, in a simple way, had come out of his brokenness.  At first, the idea he had to accept not just God, but Jesus, was confusing.  He dove deeper into C. S. Lewis.  The mans logic was irrefutable.

Returning to Washington, Chuck’s life was stressful, especially with a looming trial on the horizon.  Tom Phillips contacted a friend, Doug Coe, who was leading a Christian fellowship group. Chuck found close allies, especially in the painful months to come.  He was offered a plea bargain, but as a new Christian, felt uncomfortable and denied it.  He actually took a step further which didn’t make sense to anyone besides his Christian fellowship brothers. He plead guity to another (obstruction) charge.

On July 8, 1974 Chuck entered prison, he spent nearly a year in jail but didn’t just survive, he thrived.  After his release in 1975, he returned to visit just 3 days later, this was a sign of things to come.  ‘Prison Fellowship Ministries'(PFM) made prison ministry a front burner issue in many churches across the country.  Chuck also had a deep interest in worldview and the need to teach it to be faithful.  The PFM and ‘Breakpoint’, a radio program with more than 8 millions listeners – fruits of his time spent in jail/the Word.

Chuck truly was a Wilberforce for our times.  Like Wilberforce, he came to genuine faith in adulthood. Like Wilberforce, he wanted to help those in society who suffer.  Even if it took decades, he was committed to helping those entrenched in social problems.

Chuck died in 2012, his daughter, Emily, spoke at the funeral: “Today is a celebration of my Father’s life, but today is also about us – you and me.  What will we do in the shadow of such an extraordinary role model? There is work to be done. I encourage you to continue the work God has begun through my Father’s life. Do the right thing, defend the weak, live courageous lives.

Chuck’s last words to his family were a final witness to a God he served. ” I want my funeral services to be joyful,” he wrote “I don’t want people to be sad because I believe with every ounce of conviction in my body that deathis but a homecoming, and that we’ll be in the presence of God. It’s a culmination of life. It’s a celebration.

Do you believe that?  It’s true.

Shared by Doug Ross
next week….it’s back to Chad, now I’m on vacation!

William Wilberforce (1759-1833), abolitionist and philanthropist. As a young lad, he known as “Billy”. His father died when Wilberforce was nine, and his mother sent him to stay near London where he was reared by an evangelical aunt and uncle. Through their influence, he came to faith at the age of 12.  In this home he came into contact with such men as George Whitefield, the great evangelist, and John Newton, who had converted from a life of a slave trade, and ultimately penned the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’.

Wilberforce’s mother and other close family friends were alarmed at young William’s religious “enthusiasm” and sought to reverse this course. By the time he arrived at St. John’s College at Cambridge in 1776, his evangelicalism was well behind him. He was as worldly as any of his friends, witty and vastly popular, not to mention exceedingly wealthy, Wilberforce displayed the charisma of a natural leader who drew friends and followers into his world.

In 1779, Wilberforce moved to London where he became friends with William Pitt.  Both were motivated to enter politics and Wilberforce was elected to Parliament in September 1780 at the age of 21, the youngest age at which one could be elected.  Pitt was soon to be Chancellor and by the age of twenty-four Britain’s Prime Minister, and because Wilberforce and Pitt were inseparable, the political career of this son of a tradesman advanced quickly.

In 1784, while respected as one of Parliament’s leading debaters, Wilberforce decided on a European tour and invited an Irish friend to accompany him. When the friend declined, Wilberforce asked Isaac Milner, the brother of Joseph Milner (his former schoolmaster) to join him. Isaac, an Anglican clergyman, was known as a brilliant Cambridge scientist and mathematician. Unaware of Milner’s evangelical convictions, Wilberforce was surprised to find that someone whom he could respect intellectually and could also embrace a Christian worldview. By the end of two European trips, the politician was convicted of his sin. He acknowledged “a sense of my great sinfulness in having so long neglected the unspeakable mercies of my God and Savior.”

At this time, Wilberforce sought counsel from John Newton, by then the leading Anglican evangelical in London, and by October 1785 the ‘great change’ became complete. For a time Wilberforce thought about a call to ministry and retiring from public life, but Newton and Pitt urged him to stay in Parliament and serve Christ there.

After a long period of self-questioning and prayer Wilberforce reached his famous conclusion that, ‘God had set before me two objects: the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of manners’ [i.e. morality].  While due in part to the influence of Newton, a former slave trader, Wilberforce’s embracing of the anti-slavery cause was from the direct effect of embracing the Christian worldview. But this was not a popular cause. Wilberforce was the target of tirades and assassination threats. Admiral Nelson wrote that as long as he would speak and fight he would resist “the damnable doctrines of Wilberforce and his hypocritical allies.” Despite threats to his life, he put forward a bill in the House of Commons in 1793 advocating gradual abolition. Promised the support of some Members of Parliament, he found himself abandoned. Although Wilberforce reintroduced the Abolition Bill almost every year in the 1790s, little progress was made even though Wilberforce remained optimistic for the long-term success of the cause.

In the meantime, Wilberforce directed some of his efforts into other arenas, largely evangelical or philanthropic.  In addition to his abolition work, he was consistently involved in church work that included the Church Missionary Society and the sending of missionaries to India and Africa.  Wilberforce’s resolve to end slavery never abated.  He was joined in this efforts by like-minded Christian friends known as the “Clapham Sect”.  For twenty years they labored to turn public opinion and political leaders against the evils of slavery and the tide began to turn.

On the night of February 23, 1807, excitement grew in the House of Commons as his latest motion was debated.  Speech after speech spoke in favor of abolition, and his fellow members began to pay tribute to Wilberforce.  The climax came when Solicitor General Sir Samuel Romilly contrasted the reception that Napoleon and Wilberforce would receive at the end of a day’s labors:  Napoleon would come home in power and pomp, yet tormented by the bloodshed and oppression of war he had caused.  “Wilberforce would come home to ‘the bosom of his happy and delighted family,’ able to lie down in peace because he had ‘preserved so many millions of his fellow creatures.’

The House of Commons rose to its feet, turned to Wilberforce, and began to cheer.  They gave three rousing hurrahs while Wilberforce sat with his head bowed and wept.”’ Then the Commons voted to abolish the slave trade by a vote of 283 to 16.  Prime Minister Granville called the passage “a measure which will diffuse happiness among millions now in existence, and for which his memory will be blessed by millions yet unborn.”

Wilberforce went on to lobby the governments of other nations, including the US, to adopt similar measures, and to assure that the laws were enforced.  After stopping the trading of slaves, he devoted himself for the next twenty-five years to ending the institution of slavery itself.  Three days before his death in 1833, he heard that the House of Commons had passed a law emancipating all slaves in the British Empire.

Wilberforce’s faith in Jesus Christ changed him from a careless, wealthy young politician to a tireless, compassionate public servant. He developed and used his gifts of leadership and persuasion to champion countless efforts to better society.  He was a moral leader who voted against his party when principle required it. His partnership with his Christian brothers and sisters in the Clapham Sect serves as a model for Christians working together to bring about meaningful reform in society. He persisted for decades in the tasks God had called him to, despite illness, physical threats, and enormous opposition.   At his death the British nation honored Wilberforce by burying him in Westminster Abbey and erecting a statue in his memory.

Shared by: Doug Ross
next week  Jackie Robinson

Hijacked!!

The cross effect blog has been respectfully ‘hi-jacked’ for the next 8
weeks as Mr. Chad takes his spring break. Those teachers, they get all
the perks!

In the next 7 weeks, we’ll be previewing a book, chapter by chapter,
titled “7 Men and the Secret of their Greatness” by Eric Metaxas.
Each week I will unveil the next great man.  I hope you enjoy reading
about some of Christianity’s most courageous figures.

But first, a few words on how we can prepare to fight, especially with
the onset of warmer weather.  We all need to vigilant in the area of
sexual purity but as the weather warms and the layers of womens’
clothing become less, we need to be extra vigilant. Let’s prepare now
as this battle is imminent. Whether you choose to ‘bounce’ your eyes
or you have made a covenant with our Heavenly Father, lets all be
prepared to fight.

Be self controlled and alert. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around
like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  1 Peter 5:8

We know that sin can be very attractive and, at times, downright
intoxicating.  But the damage lasts a lot longer than any stolen
moment of pleasure.  Sexual sin distorts your thinking, defiles your
body, disrupts your relationships and defeats your testimony. As P Dan
recently preached on; would we take that lustful look at someone or
screen if Jesus was standing behind us?

Lets all live for Jesus, doing the right thing today, then do the same tomorrow!

Shared by: Doug Ross

Storm Chaser

A few weeks ago much of the east coast was to receive a huge blizzard.  Talk of 2 feet of snow combined with winds of 50 mph permeated the news waves.  New York City was temporarily shut down due to the impending “Snow-apocalypse.”  The pressure system roared across the the land taking dead aim at our surrounding area, we were all clearly in the cross-hairs… and then NOTHING!  How different things would have been had we never paid attention to the forecasts.

This situation seems a direct correlation of how I’ll often handle potential storms in my own life.  I tend to try to be the forecaster, running all the possible prediction models over and over through my mind till I make my final forecast.  Often times it is the “Apocalypse” scenario.  More often than not the storm never comes, but if it does it is rarely as bad as I had predicted.  You’d think that by now I’d realize that I’m a horrible forecaster and recognize the futility of my attempts to predict life’s “weather.”

What makes my attempts at forecasting so detrimental is that most of my time is spent looking and worrying about the pending storm as opposed to seeking and praising after my God.  This tends to leave me grumpy and living my days void of the joy and peace I should be experiencing.  Instead of being filled with a true revelation of God’s love so that I may share it with others….  I’m too busy storm chasing.

I could get all spiritual on you know and list all kinds of scriptures about the way we should be thinking about the “weather” in our life, I’ll not do that because I think you already know. You know the kind of man God has called you to be and you know where to find Him… you know where to find His promises and strength.  Stop trying to predict the weather and focus of the fight.  Stop measuring your preparedness on your perception of your own personal holiness, but instead focus on knowing God.  This is what God wants from us more than anything.  Stop looking at the weather, stop worrying about storms, start focusing on knowing God.  PREPARE TO FIGHT!!!

Shared by Chad Hellenthal

Spiritual Sniper

There is no bigger movie right now than “American Sniper.”  Coincidentally, I’ve been reading a book entitled Sleeping Giants: No Movement of God Without Movement of Men in which several associations are made to another sniper…. the devil.  Allow me to summarize some of the thoughts from the book:

  • A sniper attempts to reduce the enemy’s fighting ability by striking at high-value targets,  subsequently pinning down and demoralizing the enemy.

  • His goal is maximum disruption to enemy operations.

  • Sniper’s will select and shoot their targets in descending order according to rank.

  • A sniper will identify targets by observing behavior which suggests that others depend on him.

  • A sniper works hard to find the right “hide site” or concealed position that gives him the widest view, best camouflage, and clearest line of sight to the target.

  • A good sniper has profound psychological effect on the enemy by inducing constant stress

  • A sniper usually aims at the chest because he depends on maximum tissue damage, organ trauma, and blood loss to make the kill.

For a sniper, rank is synonymous with influence.  And when it comes to the topic of the church, men, and their capacity to deliver help or harm, Satan is no fool.  In fact, the Bible, from this perspective, chronicles a savvy enemy, laying in wait specifically for men, capitalizing on their ignorance of his proximity and presence to take them down.  Satan wisely sees men as leaders, influencers, and game-changing assets in the kingdom battle. He devotes massive resources to culturally lure, recruit, and use men to execute his evil plans in the world.

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around

like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1st Peter 5:8)

May I add these thoughts…..   If you are  fighting I’d recommend taking cover.  The cover you need to take is in God, His Word and His promises.  I’ll strongly suggest you not fight alone… have brothers by your side that “got your back!”  Finally, if you’re not getting shot at….  are  you even in the battle?

Blessed is Best!!

Shared by Chad Hellenthal

Nothing Box

At our last men’s breakfast we watched a video clip by Mark Gungor called “The Tale of Two Brains.’’  If you’ve never seen this video it is an absolute MUST SEE because it is so funny and accurate.  In the video Mark speaks of a spot in every man’s brain called the “Nothing Box.” The “Nothing Box” is what allows us to be so happy and content with doing and thinking absolutely nothing.  I myself can totally relate to this and find myself wanting to enter this zone many times after a long day of work or when I’m otherwise stressed because of the seemingly endless cares of this world my mind likes to ponder.

Most women do not have this box, nor do they understand (in anyway) the “Nothing Box.” This can sometimes lead to confusion and troubles as there tends to be nothing that women can stand less than a man that is doing absolutely nothing.  Since watching this video I’ve become convicted about just how broad and encompassing my “Nothing Box” is in so many aspects of my life.

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only,

deceiving yourselves.”  (James 1:22)

Humbly, I’ll admit that when it comes to professional work and goals…..   I’m the Man!  I’ve been blessed with skills and strive to perform in a manner that makes me worthy of my role and title of “Provider.”  Whether I’m teaching or painting, I can work, and work, and work, and work, and work, and work, and work…..

Being the husband, father, friend, and caring Christian person I need to be are often placed in priority right behind my need to spend time in my “Nothing Box.”  I’ve got no excuse because I hear what the Word of God desires that I do in so many areas of my life, I just don’t always do it.  There is a place in our life for the “Nothing Box.”  Sometimes, (most of us) we need to just chill and do something brainless and pointless.  I fear though that many of us spend entirely too much time there, although it may appear that we are doing something, when assessing  the value of or actions it boils down to a worthiness of about  “nothing.”

How big is your “Nothing Box?”  Does it take priority over matters of greater importance?  Is there a wife in your life that could use a few extra minutes of your attention and service?  A kid that needs you to help him improve his basketball shooting form or learn to catch a ball? An acquaintance or friend that is dying to have someone show them the love of Christ through your simple actions and expressions?  A savior that needs to hear you say and ask, “I love you, what can I do for you?”  If you fail to ponder these questions in your own heart, you may be guilty of choosing to do absolutely nothing about the things in life that mean absolutely everything.   Blessed is Best.

Shared by Chad Hellenthal

Man-Thanks

On the heel of Thanksgiving I just want to say “thank you” to the men that have been there for me.  Until recently, I tried hard to make it through life on my own without the camaraderie and help of other godly men.  Your counsel has been received and your prayers have been felt.  Just a year ago many of you I knew very little,  I kept you at least an arms length away from me.  You’ve accepted me as the imperfect man that I am, you have helped me by showing me that you are not perfect either.

About 2 weeks ago I had the honor of getting to share a testimony at the men’s retreat.  This was a big step for me because public speaking had not been an easy or pleasurable experience for me most of my life.  I was excited to share this time though because I knew God was speaking to my heart about something.  He had been revealing to me overtime just how important it is for men to be real with each other…. to remove “our masks.”  During this time He was convicting me of the mask that I had been wearing for so long.  I removed my mask that night as much as I could,  prematurely assuming it would be a catalyst to a level of spiritual maturity I’ve not yet ever attained.  A funny thing happened though when after the retreat it was as if I had taken 10 steps back in the wrong direction.

If you have not read 1st Kings 18 recently I’ll ask you to do so.  It is one of my favorite stories in the Bible as I can only imagine how awesome it would have been to be Elijah that day.  It would not have necessarily been nice to be Elijah the next day if you continue to read on into chapter 19.  There is a point to me mentioning all of this… If you have not noticed men we are in a battle.  If you’re hiding behind a tree or in a ditch somewhere you may avoid getting shot at.  If your goal in life is to just to avoid getting shot then congratulations.  But know this…. the enemy may not be able to sight his scope on you, but your wife and kids might likely be easy pickings.

I’ll not judge whether you are hiding or fighting valiantly.  If valiantly…. thank you for your fight and example of the kind of godly man I need to become.  If hiding… step out from behind your blind and fight, but please don’t try to do it alone.  You have brothers in Christ that need you to join them as much as you need them to join you.  For those that have already joined in to fight with me… I’ll simply say thanks-man!   Blessed is Best!
Shared by Chad Hellenthal

Joy in Suffering

I’m not really sure who reads this blog each week.  There would be some who read this that I may not know very well, while others of you fully know the struggles and challenges my family and I have been facing lately.  Ironically, I remember saying something to my wife about  2 months ago about how well everything seems to be going in every aspect of our life together.  It is almost scary how suddenly things can change for the worse.  How can it be that James would even try to tell us to “count it all joy” when we face all kind of trials?  Why would Paul also tell us in Romans 5:3 to “rejoice in our sufferings” and “give thanks in all circumstances” in 1st Thessalonians 5:18?  The icing on the cake is (and applicable in my current situation) is when Jesus says in Matthew 5:11, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.”

The scriptures mentioned above sound wonderful…. I know them to be true but doing what they say can be a challenge.  If this is not challenging enough lets take it to another level by understanding that we are to also “… love our enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44) and “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them” Romans 12:14.

We’ve just looked at a lot of scriptures that can be very challenging to follow in the times of trouble.  I’m thankful that I can at least read them although I’ve not yet fully grasped how to do exactly what they say.  I want to know how to do this and I want to know why!  May I now present James 1:2

“Count it all joy, my brothers,  when you meet trials of various kinds,for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”  

It all comes down to a testing of my faith!  Do I truly believe all the things about God that I say I do?  Does God really protect, avenge, provide, comfort, and help me?  Am I able to trust God enough in my situation that I’ll continue to keep Him first and foremost in my life?  Can I cast all my cares upon him and trust that He cares for me?  If I can do this then my faith in God will produce a steadfastness that will enable me to lack in nothing.  A man who lacks in nothing can be used to do incredible things for God’s glory.  I want to be that kind of man.  I’ll end this posting now so I can go and sincerely pray and bless those who persecute me and trust that God is the father of my children before I am…. it is He who will protect them and in this I will trust.  Blessed is best!!

 
Shared by Chad Hellenthal

Dead Chickens

A special treat for you today brothers as Doug Ross shares his heart in this blog post.  May it bless you as it blessed me.  It was great to hear from another brother.  Please let us know if you ever have something you’d personally like to share.

Well, another great weekend of bonding with men, old friends and new alike.  We heard some awesome testimonies, shot cool weapons, played games, ate spectacular grub, took down tall trees, and most importantly (spiritually) fed!! 

It’s Monday morning and reuniting with my wife did not go so sweetly, hopefully yours went better with your loved ones, girlfriends and family.  I went to my in-laws and forgot to serve my wife while she had gotten all our kids lunches ready.  I took care of only myself.  But I was tired,  as if she wasn’t…  she’s the one who parented all weekend.  I got to nap Saturday afternoon and also nodded off Sunday afternoon watching football, poor me.  When it was time to re-connect that night in bed, I was given the ‘Heisman’…  and rightfully so.  I had forgotten all I had learned, especially the lesson about us serving our wives.  I failing miserably.  I wrote an apology and will verbalize it tonight.  All I can do is be sincere, hope for forgiveness, and reunite the way God intended it… two becoming one.
 
So it’s back to work, home, and job.  At home we need to be the spiritual leaders, the catalysts.  We need to protect our family both spiritually and physically. We need to pray.  
 
My specific job today is to dispose of a dead chicken that my dog (puppy) killed this morning.
 
So to recap we need to:
1. Serve our wives/loved ones
2. Shepherd our kids
3. Get rid of dead chickens, in my case literal, you can take it figuratively.
 

“Mess of Me”
Lyrics by Jon Foreman, Tim Foreman (Switchfoot)
I am my own affliction
I am my own disease
There ain’t no drug that they could sell
Ah, there ain’t no drug to make me well

There ain’t no drug
It’s not enough
There ain’t no drug
The sickness is myself

I made a mess of me
I wanna get back the rest of me
I’ve made a mess of me
I wanna spend the rest of my life alive

We lock our souls in cages
We hide inside our shells
It’s hard to feed to the ones you love
Oh, when you can’t forgive yourself
Yeah, forgive yourself

There ain’t no drug
There ain’t no drug
There ain’t no drug
The sickness is myself

I made a mess of me
I wanna get back the rest of me
I’ve made a mess of me
I wanna spend the rest of my life alive

I’ve made a mess of me
I wanna reverse this tragedy
I’ve made a mess of me
I wanna spend the rest of my live alive
The rest of my life alive

They (Switchfoot) are a Christian band but don’t mention Jesus in their lyrics, not that they are ashamed to proclaim it – they are speaking to the masses.
(That’s my take)

 

e-CARE-alism

“And He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.”  (2nd Corinthians 5:15)

I spend a lot of time thinking about myself.  Not necessarily in a vain “how do I look” kind of way, but most of my thoughts directly involve me.  My spiritual life seems to follow this same trend.  On one hand I’m happy to have a renewed passion for for God, however, my focus is almost exclusively on myself and my role as a father and husband.  I desire to effectively represent the Christian faith when at work and in the community, but tend to show little care for the lives of others and the fact that (besides the pain they experience today) they may end up spending an eternity in hell.

Let’s shift gears for just a second and try to ponder the magnificence of what heaven and eternal life in the direct presence of the almighty will be.  For the best visual description of heaven we can gain from the Bible I’d recommend reading Revelation 21:10-27.  The bottom line is that it will be incredible, the trials and struggles we face while on earth are nothing in comparison to the eternal reward we will soon receive.  I’m not sure Christians appreciate this enough, if so, we’d all place a greater emphasis on bringing others along with us…. avoiding the reality of not making it to heaven.

I’m certainly no expert in this area, in fact, it has been quite a while since I’ve lead someone to the Lord.  The great commission in Matthew 28:18-20 calls us to go and spread the message of salvation through the cross.  I believe we’ve lost the importance of this mission in our  dependance on keeping the focus of our relationship with Jesus on ourselves.  Let’s focus our relationship on knowing Him so that we can share the truth of His love, grace, and mercy with others.  This is when He will take care of all the other things we think we need and even the things we do not yet know we need.

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these

things will be added to you.  (Matthew 6:33)