Find God in Unexpected Places
- Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Read and write. Recognize the great power of words. Read God's Word, the Bible, as well as other material that draws you closer to Him. Express your own thoughts and feelings by writing them out. Ask God to use words to help transform you more into the person He wants you to become.
Learn from revivals across the world and throughout history. Get to know the stories of spiritual revivals in various places and various times. Know that God goes where He's wanted. Decide to invite Him into your life more by seeking Him more.
Find God in the rubble. In the wake of disasters, look for God's mercy and love expressed through the service of people who follow Him. When you experience faithful people comforting the grieving, binding wounds, offering food to the hungry and drink to the thirsty, working together in unity, praying for each other, etc., realize that you have seen God at work.
Understand why terrorists hate America, and what we can do about it. Realize that, as much as we revile terrorists, we can learn something valuable from their perception of us. Understand that many people in Muslim countries draw conclusions about "the Christian West" from watching our media, which includes many violent and sexually explicit shows. Recognize the profound difference between being a cultural Christian (someone who happens to live in a country with a Christian heritage) and a committed Christian (someone who follows Jesus as a model for living). Decide that you will be committed to genuine Christianity, and express that faith by living a pure lifestyle and serving others. Focus on holiness more than materialism. Support Christian organizations that help people worldwide by demonstrating God's love to them in acts of service. Be a part of showing the rest of the world that not all Americans are arrogant, selfish, decadent, or uncaring. Help make our society the best it can be, so that other nations will be motivated to emulate us rather than strike out at us.
Learn from eccentrics. Don't discount eccentric people who seem to float through life without a well-managed plan. Understand that sometimes God can use you more powerfully if you're not aggressively organizing your goals and planning your schedule. Give yourself some breathing room to freely listen and respond to how God's Spirit leads you, moment by moment. Don't be concerned nearly as much with what other people think of you as you are with what God thinks.
Own your capability of making moral choices. Realize that none of us are helpless, ignorant victims of overwhelming forces. Understand that you are morally responsible for the choices you make, and that those choices will affect not just you, but also your family, friends, and society around you. Know that God stands ready to help you make the right choices in every situation. Rely on God's power as you face decisions.
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