Yesterday I was thinking through a familiar passage of Scripture. In Acts 15, Paul and Barnabas have a sharp disagreement. According to recorded Scripture, they never speak to one another again. They never went on a another mission trip together. They never prayed together. Nothing is recorded of them together. Ever.

But look at these verses:

And Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus. But Paul chose Silas and left, being committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord. And he was traveling through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches. Acts 15:39a-41 (NASB)

God used ministry division for multiplication. If Paul and Barnabas had stayed together, the churches would have been strengthened half as quickly. They would have been doing the work together instead of building the Church apart. Two of the best people in the same cities instead of different cities. Two of the best people together instead of training future church leaders.

God used Paul and Barnabas’ ministry division for multiplication.

None of us want to walk through divisive situations, but I have to believe that at times God uses those situations to further His Kingdom in a way that never gets realized in the moment.

If you are walking through a tough time, consider how God may be using it for the greater good of His Kingdom – even if it’s hard to see that now.

Customer service has always seemed hit or miss to me – but mostly miss. Recently I have been looking to make a change in our internet service provider. It’s amazing how competitive people get when you are calling to cancel. But why do they wait until you call to cancel? Why not work to keep the customers you have as well as the customers you want to gain?

Today, we had a great experience with a new provider. The service was not working because of an issue in our house. We told them that we were unwilling to pay $80 to fix the problem and that we would just cancel with them and keep our current provider. The response: NO WAY! The on-site representative came inside, fixed the issue for free and said, “I’m not going to let you leave us.” WOW!

Customer service really is a challenge – as you grow, it’s hard to offer the same things at new levels. I think it will always be a challenge.

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