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.
What do you do when God begins to press down on those areas that give us pain?
We are always duplicating ourselves in others; what are you choosing to pass on? The disciples eventually mentored other men and women in the ministry, discipling them, and duplicating themselves, knowing that the message that Jesus shared was too big to just keep to themselves.
Prayer isn’t a tool to be used to correct someone else, but to correct yourself. Whether you’re married or not, looking or not, happy or not, pray for your spouse. And when you do, pray for yourself. I’m not talking about selfish prayers, but selfless prayers.