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Trusting God: A Timeless Anchor
In a world that constantly shifts and changes, trusting in God remains our timeless anchor. Trust is more than a simple belief: it's a steadfast reliance on the unchanging nature of God amidst life's storms. Many times, the waves of uncertainty, fear, and doubt threaten to overwhelm us, but it's in these moments that our trust in God is both tested and solidified. Just as a tree's roots grow deeper seeking water during dry times, our trust in God deepens as we seek Him during our challenges. This trust is built on the foundation of God's character — His unwavering love, His omnipotence, and His promises that have stood the test of time.
Faith in God: The Journey Beyond Sight
Faith, often described as the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen, propels us into a journey beyond our physical sight. It calls us to see with our spiritual eyes, to envision a reality molded by God's divine hand even when our surroundings suggest otherwise. Abraham's faith, for instance, led him to unknown lands and promised blessings. It wasn't the physical reality that guided him, but the promises of a God he had come to know and love. This faith is not passive: it's dynamic and active, pushing us forward, encouraging us to take steps even when the path is unclear. It's a faith that says, "I don’t know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future."
The Dance of Trust and Faith
Trusting God and having faith in Him are intrinsically linked, two sides of the same spiritual coin. While trust is our anchor, keeping us grounded, faith is the wind in our sails, pushing us forward. Together, they form a dance, a rhythm of life that keeps us centered on God. When we trust, we surrender control, acknowledging God's sovereignty. When we have faith, we move forward, acting on the belief that God is with us every step of the way. This dance is not always easy: it often requires letting go of deeply held desires, facing our fears, and stepping into the unknown. Yet, with every step, twirl, and leap, we find that God's hands are there to guide and support us, leading us into a future filled with hope.
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Published on Monday, September 18, 2023 @ 3:12 PM MDT
Difficult conversations are an inevitable part of life, whether in our personal relationships or in the workplace. They demand vulnerability, honesty, and a willingness to navigate through uncomfortable feelings. Often, the mere thought of initiating these discussions can instill a sense of dread, primarily due to the uncertainty of the other person's response or the potential repercussions. However, avoiding them can lead to greater misunderstandings, a buildup of resentment, or missed opportunities for growth.
At the heart of any challenging conversation is the desire for understanding and resolution. Active listening becomes crucial, allowing both parties to express their feelings and concerns without interruption. A successful dialogue is built on mutual respect and an understanding that the intention is not to win an argument, but to achieve clarity and, hopefully, find common ground. Additionally, it's vital to approach these interactions with an open mind, free from preconceived judgments. This mindset ensures that the conversation remains constructive, rather than escalating into a heated argument. James 1:19-20 exhorts us that “Everyone should be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath, because the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
In both personal and professional settings, embracing difficult conversations can lead to deeper connections, increased trust, and a clearer path forward. By confronting issues head-on and with empathy, we not only address the immediate concern but also pave the way for more open communication in the future. While it's never easy to dive into sensitive topics, the rewards — strengthened relationships, resolved conflicts, and personal growth — are well worth the effort.
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Published on Monday, September 11, 2023 @ 12:38 PM MDT
Labor Day offers us a moment to pause and reflect on the importance of work, not just as a means to make a living, but also as a calling. The Bible teaches that work is not a curse but rather a means through which we can participate in God's creation. In the book of Genesis, Adam is given the responsibility to work the garden and take care of it (Genesis 2:15). This demonstrates that from the very beginning, God intended for human beings to be active participants in the world, stewarding the resources He has given us. Work, in this biblical context, is more than just a job: it's a calling and an opportunity to serve both God and mankind.
As we enjoy the rest that Labor Day affords us, it's also an opportunity to express gratitude for having the ability and opportunity to work. Work is not just about earning a paycheck: it's also a form of worship, a way to utilize the talents and skills God has given us to make a positive impact on the world. Colossians 3:23-24 reminds us, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." This scripture underscores the idea that our work, performed with integrity and diligence, is a form of service to God.
While enjoying the rest and recreation that come with Labor Day, it's also essential to take a moment to offer thanks for the jobs we have. In a world where many are unemployed or underemployed, having a job is a blessing that should not be taken for granted. As we rest on this day, let's also remember to pray for those who are in search of work and to be thankful for the divine calling that work represents in our lives. This dual focus on work and rest aligns closely with biblical principles, enriching our understanding and appreciation of both.
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Published on Monday, September 4, 2023 @ 9:30 AM MDT
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