Roaring or Running?

Pastor Tim Eaton,
Edgewater Lutheran Church

By Pastor Tim Eaton

There is an old adage about the instinct to fight or flight.  It suggests that when something challenging comes into our life we will react in one of two predetermined ways.  I believe that you are not necessarily a runner or a fighter, but different stimulus will create a different response.  Maybe your child is being bullied or not given a fair shake at school.  Would your blood boil?  Maybe you feel someone is trying to cheat you on a home or car repair.  Will the angry lion come out?

But how does Mr. Powerful Lion respond to things that overwhelm him?  Perhaps you have some debts that are looming over you.  Or is there a hard conversation you need to have with someone you care about?  What does running look like for you?  Is it retail therapy? Long hours working on anything but the elephant in front of you?

Proverbs 28:1 instructs us: “The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.”  So, we don’t want to run from challenges.  But roaring like a child’s tantrum isn’t much better.  What option is left?  The bold, young David said this: “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine,” (1 Samuel 17:37), With trust in Jesus, we can grow in the face of challenges and rise to meet them.

This summer, help your kids grow to meet the challenges of life.  Edgewater’s “ROAR” Vacation Bible School is a great place to start!  With free dinner every night, it might be a week without roaring or running for you!  It all happens June 10 – 14 from 5 – 7:30 p.m. at Harada Elementary School.  Save your spot now at

Pastor Tim Eaton, Edgewater Lutheran Church, Sundays at 10am, Harada Elementary,12884 Oakdale Street, Eastvale, CA  92880,