What It Takes to Trust in the Lord When Things Go Wrong

Trust in the Lord
Trust in the Lord

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Trusting in the Lord seems like an easy thing to do, doesn’t it?  After all, we have a pretty impressive God who sees all things, knows all things, and can do all things.  We should, by no uncertain terms, know, at least on some level during any adversity, that our God is in control.

It would also seem easy to trust in the Lord knowing He loves us very much and wants the best for us.  Even when Satan is beating up on us and digging away at our insecurities, it only takes » Read more

Maybe I Should Stick With What I’m Best At, If I Can Find It

What am I best at doing?

Ever have a bad day?  I mean a really bad day where you just look at yourself and wonder “what am I good at?”; question what good you do, what difference you make (that’s good and not bad), what you mean to others.

Does it then come down to “What am I doing with my life anyway”, and you’re either totally confused or not happy with the answer?

I didn’t have a great day today.  No.  It was pretty bad, and it was one of those really bad ones I just described.

Skipping some turns of events that came out of the blue today, I’m left wondering….

Have I ever really been good at anything?

I thought I was a good mom.  I gave EVERYTHING to being a good mom.  Oh, I wasn’t always the perfect mom, but my heart was sure in it.

And then there are those days when I just have to wonder if I did, or am doing, the right things or if maybe even I was a complete screw up.

But at least I always loved being a mom; God gave me the blessing of experiencing something very special, and I’ve always prayed for God to cover my kids with His grace if I didn’t give my kids everything I should have given them or handled a situation perfectly.

But was I good at it?  Did I make a difference; did I make a good difference in the lives of my kids?  Being a mom to my kids was my passion in life.  Was this my best work?

On some days, I might say yes.  On others, I would be pointing fingers at myself for the times they deserved more than what I was… or am.

And then there is work.  You know, like career work, being a professional.  Even just working somewhere, anywhere.  I’ve never been good in that area.

I started out well.  I thought I would be someone fancy someday, a big shot even perhaps.  Well, you never know.  And then I failed,  And THEN I gave up.

Somehow I mustered up enough confidence to try once more in my older years, only to find out I was too old.  Too much time had gone by.  I wasn’t primed to do whatever there is to do these days either.

So I started writing.  I began to write a blog.  I never thought I was the greatest writer, but I enjoyed writing, and I really thought I could make up for a lesser writing skill perhaps with a real belief in what I wanted to do,  a desire to help others with the research I was willing to put time into, and a heart help others with my written words.

Today… right now…  I’m not sure I could make those words come out anymore.  Quite frankly, I’m not sure my words were any good anyway, and I’m not convinced I was anything other than a wanna be, kind of like I wanted to be the perfect mom or that someone big and fancy someday.

What’s the hashtag that seems to fit right now.  Oh yea… #fail

So as you can probably see, I’m kind of stuck right now.

What am I best at doing?

Discovering what you’re good at can take you in circles sometimes. It’s not much fun going in circles.
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I’m not sure I’ve ever done anything well, and quite frankly, I’m wondering if I’ve ever really done anything at all.   If there WAS anything, was any of it even good?

There is a real need for all of us to do something in life, to know that what we’ve done has created something good for this world or for someone else in particular.

Some are happy with just some money earned.  I was never good at that either, by the way.  Remember?  I wanted to be a mom first and foremost and gladly accepted the lower available funds and fewer treats in life in exchange for working towards that best-mom-in the-world status which I never obtained that status of.

But mostly, we all just want our lives to have been worthwhile –  to know, really KNOW, we had something to offer,  that what we had to offer was good, and that what we were made of meant something to someone, maybe for some, anyone at all.

However…

What do you do when you don’t know if you even have anything good you can do?

What do you do?

You know, right now, the way I feel, I don’t really know what to tell you.  I don’t know what to do.

But I do at least feel that gentle nudging of the Holy Spirit that says “Keep going, little one. Keep going.  It’s not your job to figure out if what you do is producing what you think it should.  It’s that you do your best with whatever it is you ARE doing.  Then just let me take care of the harvest.”

So OK, I really have no idea what I’ve REALLY done with my life.  I don’t know what I’m doing now… and I don’t have a clue what I’ll be doing tomorrow, but heck yea, I guess I can let God take my not- so-great “me” and figure out what good will come from that.

So I guess what I’m really best at… is being… me.

I sure hope you can do something with that, Lord, cause I haven’t had such a great track record on my own.  But OK, I’ll keep trusting you’ll figure out what to do with me, Dear God.  I’ll keep trusting.

So I guess I can’t give up then either… whatever it is I’m doing here.  Well…. OK.  I guess I could do THAT too.

God, you sure do have a funny way of doing things, but at least I know it is all for good.

Oh y-ea….  that’s right…. that’s it….  You make all, even MY all, for good.  And I guess that includes whatever I’ve done along the way… or will do tomorrow.  It’s all good.

So here’s how I see it.  My best is just being “me”.  It’s what I do best.   And then the challenge after that is to be the best “me” I can be…

…and let God take what I do (good AND not so good) and…..  trust Him.  Trust him for making it all work together for good.  (And He’ll do it too.  He said He would.)

Thanks, God, I kind of needed that right now.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8: 28

Our God Given Potential | A Lesson From the DNC Platform

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I’ve been writing a series of articles geared towards family finances and have two more articles to complete my series.  Did I want to finish that up before I went on?  You bet.

However, yesterday’s fight at the Democratic National Convention got me side tracked a little.

Or perhaps an Almighty God sidetracked me.

For all intents and purposes, whatever or Whoever sidetracked me did so for good reason because I learned something really important, and I felt led to share.

Here’s what I learned about God from the floor fight over His name at the Democratic National Convention 2012.

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The DNC doesn’t always look like this.
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Our God-Given Potential and the DNC Platform Fight

At first I thought the DNC platform fight was about God Himself; my concern being that the leaders of the Democratic Party right now did not even want God in their party at all.

With so many faiths involved in American politics and in this presidential election, I can at least empathize with any party who is trying to lead people of all faiths in a political system that includes many people of many different faiths.

But then I looked at the “God” wording that was left out of the DNC 2012 platform again this morning, and I saw it.

I don’t believe the delegates of the different faiths had a problem with the word “God” at all.  After all, even the previous platform described a very generic god.  Without mention of Christ Jesus and with only a reference to “God”, any delegate of any faith could have related to the earlier platform in that very specific sentence which said “… everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.”

(See the entire wording at:  http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/05/democrats-restore-references-to-god-jerusalem-in-platform/)

Now while an atheist may have been less likely to have related to a God given potential, most people of any faith at all could have related to this.  It sounded like we had a whole lot more than God-dissing dissenters there though.  There had to have been people of “faith” who objected.

But without a reason of religion for those people of faith to be so objectionable to the wording, what then could be the problem?

That’s when I saw something today.

The DNC 2012 platform wording concerning God that changed HAD read:

“… everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.”

That specific wording changed to:

“… each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us.”

Here is what I saw today…

I saw a different kind of fight and it was:

God’s  Potential for Us Verses Our Own Personal Drive

I think that’s where the problem really lies with many.

The feeling that we shouldn’t expect something from others; the assumption that maybe some people just don’t have any talent or skills at all; the philosophy that we shouldn’t make a person feel obligated to do as much as they are capable of; the idea that if someone doesn’t HAVE the drive, they shouldn’t be expected to do anything more than they feel like doing, are all foundational beliefs that could cause a person, even of a faith, to disregard the idea of having to work towards a God-given potential.

The thing is though, we ALL have some kind of God given potential!

Our Creator instilled in us something that is ours and ours alone to use on this earth.  No matter where we have come from, where we will be tomorrow, or what we have or do not have as far as earthly possessions, we all have something to offer… to contribute… something to give away… something to do.  Something to DO with what we have, regardless of our “drive”.

We have a Heavenly Father who has given each one of us something special just to our own selves, to our very own beings, be that some package of talent, skills, knowledge, understanding, wisdom, opportunities, friendships, relations, passion, personality, opportunities, or place in life.

When God gives you something, you better believe He expects us to do something with those things!   “Drive” should NOT be an issue.  “Drive” can keep us down if we don’t have it.

We need to look PAST drive and just do our driving!

Proverbs 12:24 says:

The hand of the diligent shall bear rule; But the slothful shall be put under taskwork.

That’s from the American Standard Version since I felt it made the point so well.

If we work hard, things happen.  If we don’t have the drive and do little or worse, nothing much at all, we end up becoming slaves.

We may be slaves to something, lifetime laziness, inability to break free from a sin, inability to break free from bad feelings or thoughts, or government help.

We may be slaves to others and consequently end up with a lesser view of ourselves as human beings created for a purpose, an attitude which is less than what God intended for us and less than what we deserve as we are all special in God’s eyes.

We could even end up as slaves to ourselves, never being all that God intended of us with the removal of an obligation to do something with what God has given us, regardless of what is is that we have actually be given as our very own.

But if we rely our our own drive alone sometimes, we risk being a slave to someone or something else.

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Let me out of here, and you’ll see just what I can do!
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It’s not easy living up to our God-given potential.  It’s hard work doing that, and for some, a life work may be harder than for others.  That doesn’t give us a pass to do just what we feel like doing though.

In fact, living up to our God-given potential forces us to believe we can do something and to work hard for whatever it is that we have that possibility of doing!  We have to become responsible beings using every bit of our being!

That kind of sounds like conservative politics to me, and some may disregard the connection or disregard the entire idea.

But I’ll tell you what… If you believe in a God at all, and you believe He has a plan for you, I hope you know Him enough to believe He loves everyone enough to have a plan for them as well.

If you can do that, then just take it one more step to the realization that God never creates plans to just be thwarted by someone’s drive, or lack thereof.  God expects us to succeed in His plan for each of us, regardless of our “drive”.

I’m a Republican, a conservative GOPer, one of those #tcot people on Twitter.  But I have Democratic roots too.  The two people that brought me into this earth had two different political leanings, one Republican, one Democrat, and while I went the political path my mother took, I was my Democrat daddy’s little girl.

I am not trying to belittle what we saw yesterday with the DNC delegates.  I’m just trying to call out a reminder and a challenge to those who may not always best help the people of our country find that God-given potential that IS possible in their lives.

Give credit to a God who provides potential in ALL people.

Give honor to a God who expects all to work towards their potential.

Expect it all to be hard sometimes.

Give a hand when needed.. sure… but NEVER give an excuse to keep things as they are.

I’m guess I’m saying I think it is OK to encourage ALL people to have a drive – to find a passion and to have a drive, to expect people to DO something and not just stand back.  Perhaps this is where my conservative political leanings come in.

But I still feel there is a lesson to be learned here, both from the DNC platform and FOR the DNC- EVERYONE has something to offer.  EVERYONE has a God given potential.

Don’t take away the God-given potential of people away because you want to leave the drive out of the equation!

Can you step up now and expect us all to work at that God given potential even if it is hard to do or they don’t feel like doing it?

As I mentioned at the very beginning of this article, I was in the process of another task, a task which I had set for myself.

But I felt led to another task, a different potential goal than I had for myself.

I took the step I was given to do, regardless of my own drive at the time.  I’ll now trust the Lord to do what He can do with it.  At the very least, I believe taking on a God-given potential is better than just letting myself be a slave to my own desires and ambitions.

My own drive would never get me anywhere good at all.  No, never.

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