Perspective: Joints and Do-Be’s

Posted: February 1, 2016 in Perspective
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GearsNow that I have your attention! Ever felt trapped – not really knowing or understanding what it is that God wants you to do? It’s certainly an understandably common and valid question. So, what do we do when we feel trapped between the pressure to ‘get moving’ and the uncertainty of exactly what to do or where to go? The answer lies in a ‘joint’ effort between what we ‘do’ (our actions) and who we ‘be’ (what’s on the inside – our heart). Sometimes God doesn’t give us clear direction or the entire plan initially because he’s testing and examining our hearts. He wants to know and wants us to know for ourselves if we are truly committed to the task ahead. Are we willing to trust Him each step of the way and believe that He does have a plan and it is good. Just as important (if not more so) as the direction we are headed and seeing our dreams and goals become a reality, is the condition of our hearts, minds and spirits in the process. If we were to be given the entire ‘picture’ from the beginning, most of us would certainly have the tendency to rush out and begin working and doing without a concern whether or not we are personally ready for the journey.

The ‘joint’ efforts between the tasks required to reach our goals (what God has given us to ‘do’) and our own personal development (who we ‘be’ on the inside) is a very important balance of progress that need to grow together in order to bring about sustainable success.

Ephesians 5:15-18 (GNT) ‘So be careful how you live. Don’t live like ignorant people, but likewise people. Make good use of every opportunity you have, because these are evil days. Don’t be fools, then, but try to find out what the Lord wants you to do. Do not get drunk with wine, which will only ruin you; instead, be filled with the Spirit.’

** Note: This Perspective post is part of the upcoming release, ‘The Doggy Bag Devotional‘ – my full year bible devotional for people like myself who can struggle with bible reading retention, understanding and life application.

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