How can we effectively navigate the turbulent adjustments we see in our world, so that we are not consumed with fear and hopelessness? Can we come to live with a balance where we can be a part of our world but not be overwhelmed by its changes? I absolutely think we can. In fact, I believe we can live above the worry and concern to be channels of God’s peace.
The main issue is when we as Christians read a book and decide to make it our canon. The only book we should be doing that with is the Bible. No book, no author, no blog should have the power to rule your life like that. Reading the Bible and praying for God to give you discernment is the way to navigate dating, and the way to navigate life in general. There’s nothing wrong with reading books on this topic, but our ultimate authority is the Word.
Simon Peter had no hope of catching any fish but he obeyed the Master and was awestruck by what he witnessed. Upon Jesus filling the nets, Simon Peter sees who is on his boat and immediately falls to the knees of Jesus feeling unworthy, “go away from me!” If that’s not enough of a jolt to Simon, he is ashamed to be before “Jesus, the Lord!” And to top it off, he is convicted, “I am a sinful man!”
“I hate you?” I was shocked. I had never shown this boy anything but love and respect, at least I thought. At my response he looked at me as if he were talking about the weather. “Well, you’re a Christian.”
In any situation, whether it is the death of a loved one, a dream job, looking for your soul mate or saying “see you later” to a friend, look for God. Remember that His plan will not fail you. This does not mean that His plan does not include many tears or heartache. It means that at the end of that pain, He promises us something that was worth the wait.
I had not been prepared to articulate and defend my faith, but wanted to be! I wanted to confront my doubts to find answers to my own questions and be ready to offer compelling reasons for others to believe.
These flower pots that we spent a good half hour shaping into our masterpiece would be smashed to pieces. Some women picked up the bag filled with the pot and dropped it over and over again. I was not so eager to break “MY” masterpiece. I dropped it once and it broke into mostly large pieces- easy for me to put back together. And it wouldn’t take too long. Just the way I like it, a quick and easy cleanup!
We recently purchased a new piece of furniture for our living room, an end table. It got delivered via the furniture store, and a few days after it arrived, we noticed a small scratch on the side. I didn’t think much of it (stuff gets damaged all the time—so what?). But my husband was outraged. He immediately called the company and requested they send a replacement.
My babies were off to college, two different colleges! I felt a need to make sure I covered every life lesson. You know, like, don’t walk alone at night, wear your flip flops in the shower, and nothing good happens after 12 am. I wanted to make sure I addressed any and every situation. I worried, I prayed. I prayed for God to show me what the important things were, what words of wisdom to make sure I gave the boys before they left. I was afraid I’d forget to tell them something and then something bad would happen to them.
Sometimes God calls us to share the gospel with strangers, but other times people in our everyday lives need to hear what Jesus has done for us. I am 14 now, but I was shown this at a very young age. I was only 8 years old when I made a friend at a new school. We gradually became closer, and soon she told me about her home life.