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The Power In Today

19 May Posted by in Christian Comedian | Comments

I have this thing about planning, casting visions, and wanting to see the big picture. It's what motivational speakers do I guess. We want to spell it all out, come up with a plan, and get to work, checking off accomplishments one by one. This is a good plan for business, but when I factor in my faith, it takes on a new angle. Now I'm not doing this to serve myself. Now this is about Him – His plan – His kingdom – His way. Once I gave my heart over to Jesus, I became more concerned with what He wants me to do. And I try to look at life through the kingdom perspective. Not always easy – but I'm still going to try.

The tricky part is that it's not always clear. While the Bible is filled with clear guidance (love, obey, be patient, etc.) on how we can live according to His will, when it comes to life application – well – I start to have a little trouble. And so I find myself asking God, once again, "What is your plan for me? Which direction do you want me to go? How should I handle this situation? Which turn do I take?"  And it seems like the more I ask, the more questions I have.

I think it's because I want it all spelled out in a nice little binder with a nice little checklist, and a clear destination, preferably void of distractions. And that's just not the way it works. He reveals Himself as He has chosen to reveal Himself. He tells us the parts of the story we need to know  – most importantly the cross and the victorious ending. And He gives us His word so that we may learn and grow. And He gives us the Holy Spirit because we can not do it this in our own strength. Period. And we aren't supposed to. And so my many questions in regards to His direction for my life, go unanswered. And I am left simply with one question:

 Okay, God, what would you have me do today?

And I'm realizing that question is enough. That if I just ask Him to show me what to do today, then I will have a clearer vision and more strength to act where prompted. Just show me what you would have me do in this day, in this moment – right where I am. If I force myself to take it one day at a time, then it keeps me in a position of constantly having to turn to Him. It forces me to forget about needing a plan and a spelled out road map. It forces me from needing him to give me a way, and just letting Him be the way. A small difference in wording, but a big difference in meaning.

I'm reminded of the saying:  Life is what happens when we are busy making plans.  And I think the same thing can be said for faith. When I see glimpses of God's handwriting in my life, I am often surprised that the direction He took me was not the direction I was working on. And most often, even better. But most important – is that it was His way.

So I'm going to take that future plan and let it take the shape of His return, and nothing more. I'm going to take that vision of my future and let it take the shape of His kingdom, and nothing more. And I'm going to simply ask, "What would you have me do today?" And then hope I have the courage to do it.

 

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

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