Friday, April 22, 2011

The Rich Life

Well, the Easter Pageant is over and all went well, according to overwhelming amount of feedback we Well, the Easter Pageant is over and all went well, according to overwhelming amount of feedback we received from audience members. I must admit, I enjoyed every tiring minute of the whole process. There were long days and nights, many rehearsals without the entire cast in attendance and many rewrites of the script. Yet God put it all together and we had three wonderful performances. I can praise the performances because it was God, not I, who made them happen.

It seems when we give control to God everything turns out as it should. Of course, like all of us, I have a problem with giving up control. It’s not that I don’t trust Him it’s just that I have this inherent desire to see things work out the way I envision them. Perhaps this comes from years of corporate training geared to manipulate the outcome. Perhaps it’s just human nature, which refuses to allow anyone or anything take control. But, when you think about it, it may just be the fear that overtakes each of us when we realize there are so many things in life that are completely out of our control; things that can have profound effects on our lives. No matter the reason, we all desperately want to control our own destiny while knowing, deep inside, that we can’t.

The scariest part of God’s calling for any of us is the fact that we must give up control. God knows this and it’s an important part of His calling. He understands our resistance knows we will experience tremendous personal growth when we let Him lead. After all, He created each and every one of us. He wants us to rely on Him so He can bless us with a life that far exceeds what our limited minds can conceive.

So I ask you to learn from my experiences. Don’t fight the one who knew you before you were born. We all have a deep yearning to know the reason for our existence. Don’t suppress it. If you truly seek the answer, He will respond. Don’t take my word for it. Expectantly ask God to prove His existence to you and He will in a unique way that will leave no doubt He is real and loves you.
I spent over 40 years of my life, many of those years as a believer, ignoring His call and living with a thirst for meaning because of it. Don’t make this same mistake. Don’t live your life trying to bury your emptiness. Listen for His voice; a voice that will call you to a life of serving others and caring about them that will richly reward you. Listen to Him and enjoy the unique life you were created to live.

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