A Man God Uses!
I am amazed still at the people making news. The news business has been my life for more than twenty years. Take Frank Gruttadauria for example.
by Bill Martin
He's the 44 year old former manager of the Cleveland office of Lehman Brothers who is suspected of stealing up to $300 Million Dollars from his clients. Gruttadauria has turned himself over to the FBI and will stand trial. Just what was it exactly that motivated him to allegedly falsify statements to clients?
According to published reports, businessman Samuel Glazer, a Mr. Coffee co-founder lost about $30 million. George Forbes, head of the local NAACP and a former president of Cleveland City Council lost more than $1 million. Another investor, Golda Stout, 86, of Elgin, Ill. says Gruttadauria was like a son to her. She lost $2.5 million.
Her comments to the Associated Press, ``I'm so upset that I'm at the point of collapse,'' Stout said last month. ``I don't want to eat. I don't want to sleep. I hurt very, very badly. I want to scream and yell.''
Well this couldn't possible happen to you or me could it. Could we lose it all? Come on we're talking millions here and I don't have millions.
Actually for me the lost money doesn't really matter. First of all, I understand Lehman is interested in getting everybody's cash back. So this story is really about trust.
Who do you trust? Why do you trust?
The Bible talks specifically about people who break the rules to get ahead. How many times have you seen it, while the good folk fall behind? Psalm 37 talks about this very thing.
Vs. 1-2 "Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong, for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away."
David compares the short-term gain of the wicked with the long-term gain of the righteous. He's speaking now as an experienced teacher and gives us power points of how to live a God centered life.
Vs. 3-4 " Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart."
David's advice to us is practical. It doesn't make sense to get angry and worry; this tends only to evil. People of God maintain their lifestyle.
David's top five list: (1). Be still before God. (2). Enjoy him. (3). Wait upon him, (4). Commit yourself to him and (5). Always demand excellence of yourself.
"Vs.16-. "Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous."
Henry and Tom Blackaby write in their best selling book "The Man God Uses"; "One man submitted to God can impact a whole community. A single student can impact an entire campus. One inmate can radically change the whole prison. One child can influence his whole family. One humble and obedient life can change an entire church."
Frank Gruttadauria changed a whole community but to what end? What legacy do you want to leave behind?
"I don't know how to live as a fugitive", Gruttadauria wrote in a letter. Guess what, me neither.
I want to experience the fullness and abundance of Christ in my life. That's exactly what Christ wants.
John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may life, and have it to the full."
May God fill your life and may Frank Gruttadauria become a man God uses.
Bill Martin is a multiple winner of Emmy and Associated Press Awards for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. He was also inducted into the Ohio Television/Radio Hall of Fame in 1999.