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God’s Perfect Plan

November 19, 2014

Is there a perfect plan of God for our lives?

I’ve heard many things along these lines through the years.

  • “The good is the enemy of best.”
  • “Don’t settle for second best in your life.”
  • “Compromise will limit your effectiveness and take you out of His Will”

This doesn’t even begin to consider the search for our spouse, the match made in heaven.

With this thinking comes a great deal of pressure and fear.

The implication is that unless we perfectly discern the will of God for our lives we end up in some alternate universe.

We endeavor to crack the mystery through prayer, godly counsel, and the ever-present laying of fleeces.

I literally know people who have been paralyzed with fear of their next decision derailing his Divine Plan. They could not even get out of bed.

How often does some form of this bargaining plea cross our minds?

“God….If you ______, I promise to ______.”

Fill in the blanks with our chosen sign to give us the direction of the Almighty.

We seek after prophetic words. A well-known prophet is in town and we attend hoping to hear some direct line of communication from God himself, revealing something we’ve never considered.

We play Bible roulette with our questions. Our Bible flops open to a passage designed to inspire our future actions, only it reads some obscure passage about judgment on Babylon. Take two. Try Again!

We’ve even developed “Christian” words for this practice. We put out a “fleece” because that is what Gideon did in Judges 6.

Let Hope In

December 15, 2013

Hope connects to so many other topics. In his book, Let Hope in: 4 Choices That Will Change Your Life Forever, Pete Wilson hits on many things, so much so there will literally be something for everyone in this book.

He touches on how hope can be hindered by our past, by guilt, shame, and regret.

He also speaks of many attributes which can promote hope in our lives. Things such as trusting god, forgiveness, and love.

The one which challenged me the most is that of gratitude.

Whenever I see things about this topic, I am drawn to them as a magnet is drawn towards steel. I believe it is because this is an area of my life I could grow in.

My wife says I can be negative. I tend towards saying I am realistic. But if I am honest, I know she is right. (wives usually are)