It’s no secret that I love to plan. But as I’ve discovered many times, God usually has completely different ideas than I do.
For a type-A person with the spiritual gift of organization, planning is essential. Without a plan, I usually have a hard time getting my thoughts detailed, my thoughts then turned into actions, and also if I’m working with others, our team organized and on the move.
Are you a wimp? I don’t know about you, but I sure have my moments—-and I’m wholeheartedly grateful that God still uses wimps.
Case in point: Joshua, one of the most acclaimed generals and leaders of all time.
Recently, I’ve been thinking about how God teaches and inspires mankind according to Proverbs 8:12. Have you ever wondered about how man learned to start a fire? Or who taught him how to build a boat? How did someone know to pluck and grind wheat, and then bake it into a loaf of bread? How? How? How?
The answer is God. God’s spirit inspired man with knowledge and the skills to invent amazing things.
During a recent reading of the book of James, I stumbled onto an interesting tidbit in the first verse.
“James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.” James 1:1
What an intro.
I’ve recently discovered that one of the “worst” things you could ever pray for is for God to teach you patience. God promises that He will always answer prayers made in accordance with His will, and as He desires patience in the life of every one of His children, this is one prayer that will never fail to be answered.
However, the million dollar question is, am I willing to endure the things God brings along my path in the process of teaching me patience?
Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of returning to one of my favorite tennis tournaments, the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. Nestled in the heart of a sleepy, sophisticated desert community, the ambiance and atmosphere is what makes the tournament so special, and ironically, not the tennis.
Granted, Indian Wells attracts the best players in the world, but at the end of the day, it’s not tennis that the players, fans, and media are talking about. It’s the beauty of the mountains, the relaxing pace, the refreshing coolness of the night desert air, and the lovely little personable towns of Palm Desert, La Quinta, and Indian Wells.
As we enter this special Resurrection weekend, take a moment to ponder and reflect upon the character of the Christ who gave all, so that we might live.
“How amazing it is that individual men and women vehemently refuse and reject the claims of Christ on their lives. They fear that to acknowledge His ownership is to come under the rule of a tyrant.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about the role of the church in the life of a believer. Some of this has stemmed from multiple discussions with friends and family members, and through it all, God has been refining some of my thinking.
Throughout the Bible, many mentions are made of the vital institution of the local church.