life of faith

taking baby steps & leaps & everything in between


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To Further Emphasize the Point

After reading my last blog post, my mom pointed me to this video of Stephen Curtis Chapman explaining the meaning behind his song, “Do Everything”, which basically points to the fact that everything in our lives, even to the most mundane little details, is filled with God’s presence and power and meant for His glory.

I definitely thought it was worth a share:

I thought it was great when he alluded to our frequent struggle as Christians to avoid putting life into two categories: the meaningful God stuff vs. the meaningless life stuff. We tend to feel that if we aren’t constantly moving mountains for God, our lives don’t matter and that God isn’t really using us. Or that if we aren’t living in poverty, we’ve got it all wrong. God may call us to those “mountaintop experiences” or to serving Him in poor communities, but most of us will live most of our lives in the valleys, faithfully serving Him in the daily “muck”.

He mentions toward the end of that video that even trying to housebreak the family’s puppies was a lesson in patience. Life’s all about continually seeking out what God can teach you in the present moment, no matter where you are or how insignificant you may feel.

 

Here are the verses he mentions in the video:

1 Corinthians 10:31 – “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
1 Peter 4:10 – “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”
Colossians 3:23-24 – “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”


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Walk, Don’t Run

I realized tonight that I am clearly in the midst of learning not to run ahead of God.

I feel like Dayne and I are on the brink… we got married, I switched jobs, we found a church, we started getting involved in some groups, we’re reading the Bible, and we’re going to be looking for a house sometime soon (God willing). Friendships and relationships have shifted, our marriage has changed as an entity and it has changed us, our calendar is suddenly empty… it’s all very new and exciting and bizarre and uncertain. There is so much potential.

This is usually the point where I run ahead of myself, of the people around me, and of God — to figure things out, close deals, move ahead, and dream big. I am a planner by nature and am not satisfied with planning a mere step ahead… I like to have at least the next 6 months figured out (it used to be more like six years, so I’ve gotten a little better).

God is teaching me something while I’m reading in Genesis about these patriarchs who walked with God daily – minute by minute, hour by hour. First – I need to slow down. And second – I need to not get ahead of myself, and especially not ahead of God.

This lesson came up in one of my readings this past week: in Genesis 16, Sarai became distressed that she & her husband, Abraham, had not had any children yet, even though God promised them descendants. So she told Abraham to sleep with her servant so that they could have children. He did, and Sarai’s servant (Hagar) had a son, and the situation caused enmity between Sarai and Hagar. Eventually, Hagar fled from Sarai’s mistreatment. Broken relationships and sin resulted from Sarai’s rushing ahead of God, which was rooted in her distrust of His plan.

I want to receive the best God has for my husband & me, and that will come as a result of seeking Him first, trusting His plan and his timing, and faithfully walking with Him.

I hope I will continue to focus on this and take things a little slower than I usually do… I know Dayne would appreciate it! And I might have time to appreciate and receive all that God’s giving me, showing me, and teaching me right now.