Want to Know God’s Will for You?

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. I Thessalonians 5 16-17 Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Not only does it usher in the holiday season and encourage family time, but it uplifts my spirits in deep ways. The giving of thanks always does. This simple act influences how I respond during any day more than anything else I do. Want to know God’s will for your life? Be thankful! Not just at Thanksgiving, not just for the good things in life, but IN the course of every day and in the midst of everything! Nothing illuminates Christ more – or allows us to hear Him more clearly – than when we maintain a thankful mindset IN whatever circumstance we find ourselves in. It is easy to be thankful for the good things in life. But what about the not-so-good things: disease, mental illness, learning disabilities, injury, marital affairs, financial ruin, theft?  Trying to be thankful for dreadul circumstances feels anything but authentic. But Paul did not say to give thanks for everything. Rather, he told us to give thanks “ IN everything”. Paul’s life was rooted in knowing that his God would provide a provision for every problem He faced and that “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) How different would our lives be- and that of our family- if we entered each day intentionally with praise and thanksgiving? We can be too consumed with...

Walking Out What He Works In

Philippians 4: 4 – 7 Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I will say rejoice.  Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.  The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. “I wouldn’t say (or do) this in church”, the instructor would say before each of his slightly off- colored examples during the workshop.   Words and actions appropriate during the week were apparently different from what he acted like in church on Sundays.  As I listened to this man’s lecture, I wondered how he modeled a life of faith  for his two children. This true example illustrates the major reason why so many teens, raised in Christian homes, leave their faith when they leave home for college or work. They learn one set of instructions in church and witness something different the rest of the week.   They hear truth but do not see it walked out.  In the end, they leave behind something they had come to consider powerless in making a true difference. Nowhere is this more apparent and impressionable than in the attitudes moms and dads display, which influence their families more than we are inclined to believe.  We complain and grumble instead of rejoicing in all things and we fret and worry instead of praying without ceasing. When it comes right down to it, worry is a life style contrary to faith, and not a result of circumstances....