Work Yet to Do

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On Thursday, I was writing this blog when I heard about the Ft. Lauderdale shootings. Being curious, I went on Facebook to find out some details and like most things on social media comments were flowing in many per second. Reading some of those comments the next 2 to 3 minutes was very sad. Just guessing but I would say 85% of the comments were full of blame, crude or hurtful in many ways. I could only turn it off after I commented (which I usually don’t) this country is full of evil, NEEDS prayer and Jesus!

Leaving church this past Sunday afternoon after listening to Darren’s sermon, made me think of not only my stuff, BUT our country as a whole. Personally I thought I’ve made strides, slayed alcohol issues, as well as smoking. I started drinking at a very young age “16” and after many failed attempts to overpower alcoholism by myself and a second D.U.I that only by God’s grace did not completely destroy me. I slowly started turning back to church and Christ. Let me tell you slowly! The demon inside me was not giving up! Finally on January 17, 2011 I gave up drinking alcohol. Only through relinquishing control to my Lord was this able to happen. Ironic thing with the power of prayer, this was relatively simple, something in the past I was powerless over! Amazing what God can do when we let him take control isn’t it!

Reflecting on what Darren’s words made me realize, it’s not over yet. There is still work to be done. I think this is a good thing though, after all we are all human and sin is our built in pleasure. So the reminder that there is always stuff present or creeping around the corner tells me how much we need Christ and His cross that He bore for us. Without it, overcoming these things (at least personally speaking) would be a total losing battle. After all when someone keeps telling themselves that they are in control, and continually fail at the same task, you would think that they would relinquish and turn the issue over but that took a long time in my life.

Eventually it did click in and I gave up my stubbornness and turned control over to Christ. It has been a life changer and He makes me feel alive and purposeful. Don’t get me wrong; going over Darren’s list, I still have a lot of work to do. After all, we are all still works in progress. Pray for me, pray for our country, that we see these weaknesses – whatever they are – and turn them over to the One who heals… my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

-Tim Oidtman


  1. Tony says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. I will keep you in prayer Tim.

  2. Jared Hubbard says:

    Amen! Thanks for the words of encouragement Tim!

  3. Leah Wilkins says:

    Great read Tim. I’ve just started seeing these on FB. I’m not on here often. I was at church Sunday. I watched the taping of the previous Sunday. Love West Ridge.


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