If someone is living and breathing, junk is going to happen. If we are living, we are going to be hit by one of life’s curve balls. Here are some questions I try to think through when something comes that I wasn’t expecting:
During my short life and my short time in ministry, I have seen how the work of God can often divide people. Many times, the divided people are the ones that aren’t actively involved in the ministry because it’s easier to criticize after God moves than to be involved in the process.
I stayed up last night to watch these guys. I’m really glad it’s NBA season again. This time of the year is probably the best time for sports fans. The World Series is being played, college football and the NFL are on, and hockey is in full swing!
Hebrews 12:18-19, 22 “You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire. You have not come to darnkness, sadness, and storms. You have not come to the noise of a trumptet or to the sound of a voice like the one the people of Israel heard and begged not to hear another word…But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands of angels gathered together with joy” (NCV).
So often, I settle for far less than what I have at my disposal, far less than what I was created for. I settle for trying to follow a set of rules, although I was meant to live in freedom. I settle for a tiny and meaningless life, when I have exciting and fulfilling life at my fingertips. I settle for a depression and limited power supply, when I have the joy and power of God at my disposal. I settle for the things of this world, when I could have the very blessings of God. I settle for a life of dispair, rather than a life that is meant for true living and excitement. I settle for my man-made life, when I could have a life called and directed by the Creator Himself!
Many times, I rob myself of the blessings that God has for me. I rob myself and wonder where God is in the midst of it. The truth is that God is right there with me, it’s me that keeps running off to complete the next task or chase the next thing that appears to be fulfilling. I have to stop, allow God to lead, and follow His call and His direction. I have to quit living in the power of Jonathan, and begin living in the power of God! I have to start listing my priorities with God at the top. I have to start surrendering to and obeying Him. I have to fall more in love with God and let God be God!
It sounds really simple when spoken, but when practiced, it becomes much more difficult. However, this is what the Christian faith is all about. Not that we have to serve God or that we have to be good people, but that we want to in appreciation for what God has done for us.
After yesterday’s post about taking risks, I figured that it would only be appropriate to post today about how to deal with failure…
- Why are you taking the risk? Has God placed a desire in your heart, or is it from selfish desires? If it’s God, it’s worth the risk!
- After failing, don’t try to cover it up. Part of leading is being willing to admit failure. Part of following is forgiving your leader for failing and thanking them for being willing to take the risk.
- If you fail, evaluate why. Did you enter it without fully committing? Did you place all possible resources, energy, and time possible to help it succeed? Did you give adequate time to prayer?
- What’s next? After failing with something, try something else. God’s a God of change and movement, if one idea failed, what was meant to be the next step?
I’ve always been a person willing to take risks. As a matter of fact, sometimes I’ve been known to take stupid risks without thinking them through. However, I like this fact about myself. I firmly believe that as Christians, we are to be risk takers. That’s what Jesus did.
We are people that tend to focus on the past. We look at the past to remember past experiences that went well. We remember the times when “things were easier.” We remember what has been and how good it was. We even remember the wonderful way that things have always been.