Everyone needs grace, everyone needs encouragement, even you. Often times we are our own harshest critics, but why? What would you be able to accomplish if you believed in you?
I don’t know the areas in which you feel God has been a disappointment, but I want to encourage you to choose to be thankful. It’s uncomfortable because choosing to walk away from disappointment requires trust. Do you trust God enough to give your disappointments to him?
What do you do when someone you love or care about is racing into a head-on collision? What do you do when someone is about to make a detrimental mistake?
My first instinct, of course, is to jump in and be a hero, but what if that’s not the right answer? What if, instead of fixing someone, we’re just supposed to love them?
I hope we will all be strong and courageous as Joshua was so that we can lead, obey, and go as the Lord instructs.
You, with your specific gifting and life experience, are valuable to the Body of Christ. It’s so tempting to look at the gifts of others and become envious of what they have or have been afforded. But that’s the wrong perspective, but an easy trap to fall into. Instead of being jealous of another person, what if we devoted that energy toward practicing and honing the gift that God has given us?
In movies, characters are always keenly aware of their uniqueness and see it as a negative. I wonder, how many times do we take on this negative perspective each day?
I encourage you to grieve when you need. It doesn’t matter if a loved one has died, a friendship or partnership dissolved, a marriage and family divided, a job has been lost, or a deal fell through, these are all forms of loss that deserve to be mourned.
We all have those experiences, hurts, disappointments, pain, suffering, etc. that cause us to sometimes doubt the goodness of God. Those are the moments God is entrusting to us to continue to serve and love him well.
I put my faith in my GPS, trusting that it will get me to my destinatioan, yet often I don’t want to do what it’s saying. As I drove around in the darkness, getting lost and frustrating Siri, I thought to myself “I wonder how many times I do this to God”. How often do we pray and ask God for directions, but then refuse to follow his voice?
What if we prepared our character, our business model, our communication, our schedule, relationships, etc. to accommodate the growth we are praying for? I wonder what our world would look like if we actively participated in our lives and dreams instead of passively leaving them up to God.