Sometimes we stop everything we are doing to talk about what’s wrong with everything we are doing. You’ll notice, that while evaluation is good, rarely does it change the circumstances.
What changes the circumstances is making willful, conscious choices in the right direction. What improves and empowers our life is surrendering to God’s ways of doing life. Love God. Love your neighbor. Love yourself. Love your enemy.
These are not analyses. These are action items.
Francis of Assisi said, “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
For me today, that means my Doing what’s Necessary— my confession and forgiveness. I have business in my heart that needs tending to. No amount of talking about it is going to substitute the act of it.
Then when I have done what’s necessary, forgiving myself and others, I can do what’s Possible—loving again.
And suddenly, I am doing the Impossible — moving out of my self-centered drama and into God’s life, His work, His heart.
So what are you waiting for? What’s the first necessary thing you need to start?
This revelation is too big to eat in one sitting. So today’s manna is an appetizer portion with one of those big, leafy, lettuce things under it.
Do you ever listen to your own prayers?
I need…. I need…. I need….
I want, I won’t, I don’t, I can’t…
Are You…will You… aren’t You…when, why, how are You going to….?
It really is kind of scary. Not that God doesn’t love our heart felt cries for His help. He has complete mercy and grace for His children.
But what if we are praying all — I don’t know–wrong? What if we don’t have to persuade God to action, but rather we pray to persuade ourselves to believe?
Do we want lives of ease and even boredom, or do we want to see God in action?
Too often our prayers revolve around asking God to reduce the odds in our lives. We want everything in our favor. But maybe God wants to stack the odds against us so we can experience a miracle of divine proportions. Maybe faith is trusting God no matter how impossible the odds are. Maybe our impossible situations are opportunities to experience a new dimension of God’s glory.
pg 24, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.
I am so confronted by my desire for divine relief instead of the display of God’s glory. How bad is your situation? Pretty bad, huh? Then it is really, really important for us to know: Just how big is our God?
Main course on Monday.