Can anything good come out of this?

 The question has been asked, ‘can anything good come out of Mike’s death?’ Yes it can, is my response, but that is not to be confused with ‘Mike’s death is good’. Human beings look for meaning and instinctively need a ‘box to put things in’. Its how we make sense of life. Many Christians do this by using the famous verse Paul wrote;

 Romans 8 v 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Some years ago whilst in formal study I came across the concept of ‘System Thinking’

Systems thinking is a framework that is based on the belief that the component parts of a system can best be understood in the context of relationships with each other and with other systems, rather than in isolation. The only way to fully understand why a problem or element occurs and persists is to understand the part in relation to the whole.Standing in contrast to scientific reductionism and philosophical analysis, it proposes to view systems in a holistic manner. Consistent with systems philosophy, systems thinking concerns an understanding of a system by examining the linkages and interactions between the elements that compose the entirety of the system.

And the word ‘Synergy’.

The whole is greater than the sum of the individual parts.

The way I had seen Paul’s verse used by Christians left much to be desired. Its only as we look at the whole, not the individual parts and recognize the interconnectedness of life, that we can begin to see how this verse works. Only when I understood these concepts, could I make any sense of Pauls point of view.

God has been in the business of turning tragedy into good for 2000 years. He is sovereign and loves His creation so much that he sent Jesus to die for us to break the power of sin and separation of man and God.

I could tell you some stories already that encourage the soul as a result of Mike’s death, but I feel they are so limited and from a human perspective. The bottom line, Mike is in heaven, isn’t that in and of itself good! How we all respond to Mike’s death is the key determining factor. I know for me it has drawn me into the presence of God and caused me to worship.

my buddy

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2 Responses to Can anything good come out of this?

  1. van Baaren says:

    Hi Mark and Kathy – I just read through Mike’s websites. Makes you smile!! What a blessing to see what God did in his life!!

  2. Andrew jones says:

    Thanks for allowing us into your mind during this difficult season. All things (systems thinking) working together for good.

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