2014-10-01 - Faith-Walking
Ever wonder if your voice to God has any real bearing on his plans for you? As stated in the book of Luke(11:2, KJV) And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
So our main concern in our conversation with God should be his will for us, over what we would like, knowing that he cares so deeply that nothing else could possibly be any better. Personally, I think God sometimes gives us a voice in his plans for us. We have to want to speak up. We have to speak to him. And after we speak to him, wanting his will, we have to then let him speak through us - knowing and believing wholeheartedly, that he will always do what is best for us.
Before committing to doing writing for this ministry, I wondered if I would have consistent writing topics, so I could fulfill my obligation. I also wondered if I would still enjoying writing as much, if there was a deadline for getting it done. Wondering is ok. Wondering isn't doubt. But then, going beyond my concerns, and taking the step to carrying out the weekly writing, something really neat happened. Topics seemed to pop up, right and left, in everyday life, that allowed me to not only be able to finish something weekly, but very often I am many weeks ahead. I had to step beyond the place of intellectually asking for his will, to knowing he will walk it out with me. He will do so from the moment I begin walking forward - with an action connected to the idea behind me - faith.
You see, it has to be more than just an idea. Very often we have to act on the faith, taking the next step, which is an action. If I never step out then, sure, I will never fail. But I will also never succeed in knowing if writing is what I am to be doing, if I never fully invest in the idea which has to be applied via work. And it's a labor of love for me. I am guessing that is part of the reason I was reluctant to do it. Sometimes things we love become ruined by doing them in ways we don't really see as "fun." But how much more fun can we have, doing something we love, and knowing that our father is walking the road with us and giving us all the strength and courage we need to carry it out? And if he takes us different directions, with what we love along the way, that's okay, too. I am always going to write. I've been doing so since elementary school. I have found that I thoroughly enjoy it, knowing it's honoring him. Pleasing people is impossible - and fruitless, in fact. But if we please him, then there is nothing not worth trying.
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." (Jeremiah 29:11 KJV)
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.