Carving out regular time with God is important. In fact, it’s essential. But what goes on during these moments matters. If you’re focused on trying to tell God what to do, you’ll come up empty very quickly – every single time. But if you open up to God, you’ll be excited and delighted by God’s amazing reservoir of healing, hope and joy every single time. It’s an age-old paradox of faith. The more you make it about God, the more you discover how God is making it about you!
You believe it, have experienced it, and have even told others it’s true. But when tragedy becomes personal, you still struggle. That’s why it’s so important to face the reality of tragedies through the even greater reality of God’s love. It’s a love that’s present in the midst of your shock, grief and questions. It surrounds you when you are most vulnerable and most angry. And it brings healing, hope and unexpected joy. There’s a reason. When all is said and done, God’s love is your beginning, ending and everything in-between.
Lord, the fact of the matter is I’m so caught up with ‘me’ that I don’t begin with ‘Thee’. I’m not proud of this. In fact, I despise it. Because it is what it is – sin.
Lord, You don’t start with my ‘me-ness’. And You don’t hold my sin against me. Instead, You begin with Your amazing grace. Grace that takes the initiative. Grace that reaches out. Grace that embraces. Grace that forgives, heals and transforms.
Lord, I worship You. I adore You. I praise You. I give You my heart, mind and spirit. And I do as this fully, completely and totally as I humanly can. Today, tomorrow and for all eternity.
Lord, I do all of this in the name, power and assurance of Jesus.
May it be so!
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the pain, suffering and evil that seem to be everywhere you look. But there’s something far more powerful than all of them put together – God’s joy. This joy does not simply mask suffering, pain and evil. It springs forth from the heart of God and unleashes you to be compassionate instead of overwhelmed by suffering, hopeful instead of depressed by pain and a difference-maker instead of stymied by evil. So when you encounter gloom and doom, choose to let God’s joy be your joy!
Some days you’ve just got your grump on. You know it, and so does everyone else around you. And while you eventually figure out that your grumpy self is not doing a very good job of loving God, others or yourself, you’re often so grumpified that you don’t know how to get unstuck. That’s when you need to replace grump time with God time. After all, God’s an expert at making all things new.
Today probably will be like most other days – a bit of good, a little bad and lots of things so routine you probably won’t remember them. But today is also God’s day, which means God is loving you, helping you grow, walking with you through difficult moments, transforming you into the person God has created you to be and challenging you to do far more than you ever thought possible. So don’t settle for anything less than the best today – because that is exactly what God is offering.