Thursday, October 9, 2014

Finding Peace & Jesus

For me, a part of being a Christian means having empathy for other people's situations all of the time, not just when it is convenient. Often times we the people find ourselves in some pretty precarious positions because of our decisions in life. Some of those positions are no fun at all.  I know because I have been there and won the award! 
Some of the tough trials in my life have come because of poor decision making...maybe I thought I was doing the right thing only to discover I was way off the Mark.  Then I have to go through my own personal storm to learn. I have been so blessed to have never allowed them to harden my heart. Thank you, Jesus, for always saving me and thank you for not making me go through all of them at once. You are amazing, God.

God wants us to Love people through their bad days as well as their good. He calls on us to be nice even when doing so is a stretch. Be helpful, even when you want to walk away and be forgiving even when the other person may or may not be sorry. He wants us to care about each other, not just when it affects about each other because He asks us to. Instead, we ignore Him and tell ourselves we are too busy or that someone's personal stuff is really none of our business. Making excuses is the easiest thing in the whole wide world to do and we all do it over and over and over each and every day.

I pray for wisdom and the words to speak to people, the eyes to see and the ears to hear and still I miss more than I want to. I miss the person waiting to cross the street or waiting for a chance to get out of a busy parking lot. We all have missed opportunities from God...some small and others very large.

2 Chronicles 16:9 (ESV) For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth...

If you are faith-minded, you believe that the steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. (Psalm 37:23). However, not every good man listens and obeys those orders. It doesn't make us bad, it makes us human. Sometimes we are frustrated or in a hurry or our strong will to do what we want gets in the way of our listening and obeying God. 

I had a great job opportunity a while back but I already had a job, so I basically blew the opportunity off. God kept whispering, "Take it,  take it." But silly me, I didn't want to let the people down that I was working for at the time, so I stayed. It wasn't long before I realized I had made a mistake, but the door was closed, the position was filled. You see, God knew there was a storm in front of me and He was trying to get me out of its path but I didn't listen to Him. Instead, I ignored his nudges and completely forgot that His way is always best! 
I have apologized to God for my know it all attitude and I  know He has forgiven me, as He does for some reason or another each and every day. What a great friend! He forgives me, because He is like that, God is always a gentleman.  

“I can do nothing on my own... As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me."

When we ask God daily, "What do you have for me today?" He listens and provides for us. He may call on us to do things we "don't wanna do" like take a different job, speak to someone about something that we don't understand, or even move to a different town.  He encourages us to be and do things for other people and some days He is very specific about who what and where. There have been many times when I have cried out  "Oh please Lord, give that task  to someone else." But He rarely changes his mind. In the end, you may as well just make it easy on yourself and do what He is asking. It typically turns out pretty amazing anyway. For this reason, and so much more, when I wake up in the morning, He is the very first to hear my praise and thanks.    

I praise you Father God for all of my blessings,

               each breath and step that I take.

                 And I ask you Lord…what have you for me today?