Live Like Tomorrow Is Your Last Day

You are going to die tomorrow.

Morbid thought right? But really, what if you knew for a fact that you would die tomorrow? I, for one, would probably freak out. I’d have a million thoughts running through my mind. But I think my first question would be how would I die? Would I go out like a hero and save kidnapped hostages and die with valor? Or would I trip into the street and get hit by a truck? I wouldn’t want to die like a chump. But that’s not really the purpose of this post. Continue reading “Live Like Tomorrow Is Your Last Day”

Just Pray: There is too much at stake not to!

​I believe every person living will say a prayer to something or somebody at some point in time in their lives. When we pray we give our submission to something that is bigger than ourselves.

For myself, I can’t always say that I have had the best prayer life. I know that when things get hard I find it easier to pray but when times are easy I rarely will speak to God. I can catch myself at times living life as if I control what goes on in it. And when I do find myself praying I even catch myself doubting God in the midst of my prayers. I think a lot of times we pray and God may very well answer our prayers, but in our own doubts, we miss the answers given to us. Continue reading “Just Pray: There is too much at stake not to!”

Count it all Joy

Count it all Joy

James 1:3-4

3 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Some day’s life just sucks. Everyone has those days where everything seems to be going opposite as to what we have planned. There are seasons in life that are joyful and peaceful, but there are also seasons in life that are hard. It’s pretty easy to be thankful and full of joy when everything is going our way. But how do we respond when it seems like everything is out of control?

Including myself, I would say that for the most part when life gets hard we begin to question and ask ourselves “What can I do to fix this?” I believe all humans are wired with the desire to feel in control. But as soon as that feeling of being in control goes away there is a sense of panic. As followers of Christ, we sometimes believe that we should get to live an easier life than those who are not believers. But scripture tells us time and time again that there will be times of pain. There will be pain and there will be hardship throughout any person’s life. This is where Christians have an opportunity to stand apart from everyone else. We can stand apart by how we respond to the pain.

James writes in his New Testament letter instructing fellow believers to count it all joy when these times of hardship arise. It’s a crazy idea to think that we should be joyful when life becomes hard. This joy comes from the realization that our pain has a purpose. This purpose is the production of faith and trust.

God will allow times in our lives to go against our current plan. The key in finding joy in all times of life is by understanding that all things are according to His plan, not ours. We so often try to map out every little detail of our lives, but when it doesn’t seem to go as we planned we think God has made a mistake. The question I ask is how can we find joy in the struggle and in the midst of pain?

My answer is: Embrace it.

When the struggle comes don’t fight it. God is there for you. Let Him do the fighting. You are not alone. We are able to see that He has such a greater plan when we can begin to see our hardships as purposeful. True joy is found when we are able to see Christ as our provision and the satisfaction of our need during our time of struggle.

These times in our lives are what make us who we are truly meant to be. Every season of life, the good and the bad, molds and forms us into the people that we are meant to be. It could be so easy for us to become angry with the circumstances of life but the word of God instructs a better response: “Count it all joy.” When we do this we are promised that the testing of faith will produce steadfastness and in this, we are made complete.

It will be a completeness in Christ that can’t compare to anything else this world has to offer. So I pray that as we all endure different seasons of life that we would learn to see the purpose and always find our way back to His word counting it as joy through it all.

What if?

“What if?” is a phrase that has been said time and time again. This phrase can create a number of emotions within a person. This phrase can also create a number of scenarios or fantasies inside the mind of a person. But more often than not these fantasies never occur. Other times “what if” can refer to the past and the wanting to change the circumstances of events that have occurred throughout a person’s life. I think every person is guilty of using this phrase. We so often use this phrase out of a discontentment and dissatisfaction for our lives or even more so the desire and want to change parts of our lives that we do not like or are even disappointed with. We become so discontent with our lives we can catch ourselves saying things like, “Well, what if I had,” or, “What if I did,” or, “What if this happened?” This happens very often for people but in reality, there is not much that we can actually do to control life’s everyday circumstances and events. But don’t we so often try?

As followers of Christ, when we say “what if?” what does this say about us and our faith? It’s so easy to lose sight of the intentions that God has for our lives. The world will often bring us to a point in which it tells us we need to be more, or we need to be different than what we currently are. But “what if” I told you that exactly where you are now and exactly what is going on in your life right now is what God intended? What often times will surprise us has never once surprised God. When we want more for ourselves than what we have been given we are saying, “God, you haven’t done enough.” Can you imagine that? Looking at God and telling Him that even though He has done so much for us, we just need a little bit more, or telling Him that something should have worked out differently than what He planned.

Contentment in Christ is where we should strive to be. Content in the timing that God has for our lives. His timing is so perfect that it cannot be understood nor fathomed. Every breath we have is perfectly timed, every step we take is perfectly timed. The people that come in and out of our lives are perfectly timed. All of this timing working toward the plan God has envisioned for the lives of His children. God knows our heart’s desires. He knows our wants and, more importantly, He knows and understands our needs. When life is chaotic or maybe you are at times confused with what is going on, find peace knowing that God has never had to ask “What if?”

Our God is not a God of “What ifs?”. Our God is a God of “I know.” He is a God that you can trust. He is a God that has a plan. He is a God that has perfect timing. He is a God that continues to give and work in our lives even as we doubt Him. Peace comes in knowing that God has always had a plan that is for your good. So, I leave you with this…

“What if” you let it all go and just trusted the plan and timing of such a great Father and God that we have?