Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Re-post: Stop. And Then Begin.

The book, Forgotten God by Francis Chan, came to mind after a recent conversation with a friend. The content of that book is so rich - infusing Scriptures truth with daily application. As I pulled the book from my shelf and flipped through some pages looking for a section I wanted to refer to my friend, I remembered a post I wrote last November.

I reread it and was challenged, once again, to remember that obedience is a moment-by-moment approach to life. All of life: my thoughts, actions, attitudes, relationships. Perhaps the following re-post will motivate or encourage you as well.


"A lot of us need to forget about God's will for my life. God cares more about our response to the Holy Spirit's leading today, in this moment, than about what we intend to do next year. In fact, the decisions we make next year will be profoundly affected by the degree to which we submit to the Spirit right now, in today's decisions.

"It is easy to use the phrase 'God's will for my life' as an excuse for inaction and even disobedience. It's much less demanding to think about God's will for your future than it is to ask Him what He wants you to do in the next ten minutes. It's safer to commit to following Him someday instead of this day."

- Forgotten God, Francis Chan

Are you wrestling with a decision? Struggling with discernment? Worrying over a circumstance? Stop.

Stop wrestling and stop struggling and stop worrying. Begin to pursue His presence right now for peace and wisdom and contentment in tomorrow.

Are you considering adoption but are overwhelmed by the task and so you ignore the need? Are you concerned about women trapped as slaves to sex but are at a loss of how to help and so you do nothing? Does your heart ache for the millions that have been and will be aborted but you haven't put action to your cries? Stop.

Stop wondering and waiting and hoping it gets better. Begin to pray, begin give your time, begin to give your energy, and begin to give your resources. It's impossible to give sacrificial amounts of your time and money without your heart becoming deeply engaged.

Have you promised to use a gentler voice with your kids - after they learn to obey? Have you committed to serve your husband with grace - after he begins to help carry more of the load at home? Have you told yourself you're done shopping frivolously - after you enjoy one last sale? Stop.

Stop choosing to do tomorrow what you should be doing today. Begin to seek Him for patience and humility and self-control in the here-and-now. God has gifted you with what you need for today and will carry you through tomorrow when it comes.

God's will for your life? For my life? Obedience. 

Obedience without regard for the pressures from family, friends, finances, and circumstances. Obedience that looks to Him and forgets what's behind. Obedience that starts today and continues tomorrow.

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