The world’s problems are endless – terrorism, poverty, pandemics, domestic violence, racism, and hunger. And no one seems to be able to fix them. Not governments, foundations, education, businesses or religion. Yet God is audacious enough to say to you, “You can make a difference.” And, believe it or not, you can. You can speak a word of love in the face of hate, sanity in the midst of insanity and hope in times of absolute despair. You can mentor a child, spend time with a homebound senior or help fight childhood hunger. You can pray with someone and share how God has made a difference in your life. This is not just some nice-sounding faith cliché about how things might be one day. It’s something you can actually do today. And it’s something you actually need to do today. Because if you don’t, who will? #GodNMe
You’ve got a long list of things you have to do, lots on your mind and problems that just won’t go away. So it seems logical to gear up and go to work so you can get done all the things only you can get done. Right? Wrong! Because that’s exactly when you need to stop, call a timeout and spend some time with God. You can use this time to vent with God because you just can’t take it any longer, use God as a sounding board or tell God what you think God needs to do. But, when you’ve finished doing these things, there’s one more thing you need to do. Rest in the palm of God’s hand and let the utter wonder of God’s love fill you to overflowing. And when you do, you’ll be amazed how you’re suddenly far better equipped to do what you’ve really got to do. #GodNMe
No one needs to remind you how complicated life is because you experience it every day. However, even when your life is most complicated, you still get to make a very simple choice. And that’s to decide who’s in charge. Of course, even if you decide to be in charge, God still loves you and will still make a difference because God always makes a difference when God’s around. But, in all honesty, you’ll struggle with the fact that something’s missing because you’ll never be able to experience the fullness of God. However, if you’re willing to say, “Okay, God, you’re in charge”, you’ll be astounded at what happens. Because when God’s in charge, God nurtures the best you that’s been in hiding. You won’t be perfect. And your life won’t be perfect. But you’ll discover perfect love. And that’s a win every single time. #GodNMe
Here’s the honest, and perhaps confusing, truth about your relationship with God. It’s complicated because you’re complicated. Part of you has a heartfelt longing to experience the depth of God. But the other part of you is driven by guilt that causes you to pursue God because you think that’s what you’re ‘supposed to do’. These two roads to God may seem very different, yet they’re strikingly similar. They both begin with you. And the more you start with you – regardless of the motivation - the harder it is to connect with God. Which is why today is a great time to let go and let God. And here’s why. God longs to connect with you. God takes the initiative to come to you. And God keeps reaching out regardless of what you do. It’s called grace. It’s amazing. And it’s the most powerful force in the universe. #GodNMe
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