Posts Tagged ‘determination’
One of the most difficult parts of life can be finding contentment right where you are. In a world where we are always seeking to improve our status, position or standing, finding joy can prove to be frustrating. God’s role for you though, whatever it is, is always best.
Let me say that again. God’s role for you, whatever it is, is always best.
John the Baptist understood this concept. He was the forerunner to Jesus. His role was to prepare the way for the Messiah. He did this with unwavering humility and understanding that he was part of a greater plan. As John’s ministry was coming to a close, he told his followers “He (speaking of Jesus) must become greater; I must become less.”
John’s life experience was a roller coaster ride. Promise and popularity which eventually led to a diminished role and ultimately death. Our lives are marked by seasons. (Ecclesiastes 3) You may find yourself in a season of promise and popularity. Or you may be in a season of trial or pain. Either way, I can promise neither will last forever.
God’s role for you, whatever it is, is always best. He wants to use you today, wherever you are, whatever you are doing. The real question is…Will you let Him?
Have you seen God use a difficult season of your life to impact others? If so, feel free to share below.
I’m so thankful that our God is the King of complexity. Not only in the way in which our world works but also how He works. Lately, I’ve been studying the faithfulness of God. What has struck me most is God’s timing. He never takes the simple way, the way that makes the most sense. No, as a matter of fact He usually shows up in a way in which no one else could. In a way that seems complex to us but yet so simple for Him.
Daniel 3 records the story of Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and the fiery furnace. These men followed their leader as far as they could until he asked them to break God’s law. They chose to disobey their leader and were sent to the furnace for it. God could have rescued them before they ever hit the flames, but He didn’t. Instead, God waited till all the important people of Babylon were around to see Him show up. He rescued Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego in a way none of them would have expected. It made such an impact on King Nebuchadnezzar that he says “no other god can save in this way.” vs. 29
What seems like God waiting till the last minute is actually His perfect plan coming together. I don’t know where you are right now but know that God is in control even when it doesn’t look like it.
Building block 7: DETERMINATION
This is that inner fire that ignites from the five foundational building blocks (love for God, love for people, truth, faith, humility). It’s refusing to QUIT or BACK DOWN regardless of the size of the obstacle in the way! It’s the attitude that decides I don’t care how hard the journey – I will DIE TRYING – to accomplish the mission that God has placed before me.
One of my favorite pictures of determination is running back Walter Payton! Hit him with all your strength and he might slow down but he’s not stopping!
The apostle Paul lived with this kind of determination – “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3.14)
What’s it take to break your back? Relying on God’s power and pursuing HIS glory may we live DETERMINED to die trying to accomplish what called us to do!
ALL for HIM!