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Am I Doing or Being
I was reading a passage in a book called God Is In The Tough Stuff by Bruce and Stan. The chapter was titled “How To Know God’s Will.”
I think most of us ask these question a lot, “How can I know God’s will for my life? Am I living in God’s will? What is God’s plan for my life?”
We get so caught up in “knowing” God’s will and plan for our lives. In order to convince ourselves that we are in God’s will, we stay busy working for God. Our schedules are filled with things to do and we are doing it all for the glory of God, right?
After giving that question a little thought, read the following excerpt from God Is In The Tough Stuff by Bruce and Stan. The passage is full of wisdom and made me stop and think about how I can better understand God’s plan and make sure I live within His will. I hope the passage does the same for you:
Try to see things from God’s perspective. When you insist on seeing God’s will from your perspective, then your main concern is doing stuff for God. You get caught up in your own performance. By contrast, when you see God’s will from His perspective, you are more concerned about being. Sure, God wants you to do stuff for Him, but He’s more interested in the kind of person you are becoming than the specific things you are doing. He knows that when your being is right, your doing will be right, and you will be doing more things that please Him.
Commit yourself to the will of God. This means trusting that God has your best interests in mind at all times. Trusting God for your future – whether that future is tomorrow or ten years from now – begins with trusting God now. Once you have committed to doing God’s will – regardless of what it is and what it costs – God will guide you every step of the way.
Bible Verses To Live By
No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him. – 2 Corinthians 2:9
For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3: 5-6
Some Of My Favorite Quotes From GOD IS IN THE TOUGH STUFF
Trusting God for your future – whether that future is tomorrow or ten years from now – begins with trusting God now.
God does not cause suffering, but He allows it to happen for reasons we don’t always understand.
Integrity means doing what is right, even when it isn’t popular. Popularity allows you to live with others, but integrity lets you live with yourself.
Easy times make you spiritually indifferent, but tough times make you spiritually dependent. That is exactly how God wants you.
Loving God doesn’t exempt you from troubles, but it does ensure that you can find meaning and purpose in them.
Prayer is a conversation between you and God; remember to do as much listening as you do talking.
God doesn’t love you for what you do, He loves you for who you are.
No marriage is ideal or easy. Perhaps Adam and Eve came the closest. He didn’t have to hear about all of the other men she could have married – and she didn’t have to hear about how his mother cooked better.
Don’t hold onto your children so tightly that God can’t use them.