WHILE YOU WAIT…
for God’s match for you, focus on things that will prepare you to be the man or woman of God that He has asked you to be in His Word. We want to bring the best we have into any relationship we pursue. Do this with the Lord and then all other love relationships will be whole, healthy, and full of joy and happiness.
LOOKING BACK ON WHAT IS GOOD.
This week I have been looking back on what is good in my life. As I have done this the Lord has showed me that there really is so much good in my life. But, it has not always been this way. I can think of many days that seeing the good was just not an option. In those moments seeing all that was wrong was all I could focus on. Can you relate with me?
Kevin Durant, an NBA player for the Oklahoma City Thunder, recently won the prestigious prize of becoming the NBA’S MVP. This is the highest honor a player can have. It means that he is the best of the best. As he was giving his acceptance speech, he began to talk about how blessed he was. He then began to look back on how he arrived to this day, and all the adversity he went through and fought through for this to happen. He went on to say “I don’t know about you, but usually when something good happens to me I begin to look back on what is good in my life” These words rang loud in my heart!
I have found that when I feel alone or when times of adversity comes my way if I begin to focus on the things that are good, things around me begin to ease a bit, get better or simply my perspective begins to change. Now, this does not mean your situation goes away, that still may be tough or a mess. What I am talking about is our mind, heart and spirit begin to receive it differently when our focus is changed and thinking on what is good. Now, I know that this is not an easy task, depending on the severity of the situation, but I do know it’s possible. When I begin to refocus my attention on what is good rather than on the tough times I am going through, little by little it (looking at the good) begins to take away its (the adversity) power and sting; to control my every thought.
The Word of God speaks a lot about this in the book of Philippians. Philippians 4:6-8 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is GOOD, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
There is so much that we could unpack in these few short verses. To sum it up, whatever you are going through or whomever you are waiting for, remember, when the days are dark and the time is tough or intolerable, to LOOK back to what is GOOD in your life and to look to CHRIST. You don’t have to live in a state of anxiousness anymore. Call on God and give your heart to Christ, the only one who can and will give you a peace that transcends all understanding (goes beyond our finite minds). It’s then that scripture tells us that He will guard your heart and mind.
Oh, how I need this so badly in my own life. I seem to always fast track myself to all that is not good, which is the exact trap the enemy want us walk into. Why? So he can trap us and cause us to take our attention off Christ. This begins to diminish our effectiveness for Him and the kingdom of God.
So while you are waiting for God’s match for you or __________________________ (fill in the blank) remember to look back on what is good: Christ! May we always be preparing ourselves to be better followers of Jesus Christ today than we were yesterday. May you allow His Spirit and Word to dwell deeply in your life!
Live worthy of your calling.