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The Right Place at the Right Time

In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day“Let me share one of my core convictions: God is in the business of strategically positioning us in the right place at the right time. A sense of destiny is our birthright as followers of Christ. God is awfully good at getting us where He wants us to go. But here’s the catch: The right place often seems like the wrong place, and the right time often seems like the wrong time…

Here’s the point: God is in the résumé-building business. He is always using past experiences to prepare us for future opportunities. But those God-given opportunities often come disguised as man-eating lions. And how we react when we encounter those lions will determine our destiny. We can cower in fear and run away from our greatest challenges. Or we can chase our God-ordained destiny by seizing the God-ordained opportunity.

As I look back on my own life, I recognize this simple truth: The greatest opportunities were the scariest lions. Part of me has wanted to play it safe, but I’ve learned that taking no risks is the greatest risk of all.”

~ Excerpted from In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson

What is God up to and how does He want me to participate?

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Can every day be an adventure?

Wild Goose ChaseWhen we don’t pace ourselves, we tend to miss divine appointments right and left. In fact, they seem like human interruptions. We get so consumed with trying to get where we think God wants us to go that we put on spiritual blinders and miss the Goose trails He wants to take us down. The key is slowing down your pace, taking off your sandals, and experiencing God right here, right now.

…Spiritual maturity has less to do with long-range visions than it does with moment-by-moment sensitivity to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. And it is our moment-by-moment sensitivity to the Holy Spirit that turns life into an everyday adventure.
~ Excerpted from Wild Goose Chase   by Mark Batterson

I know!

I get it!

Most of the stuff that fills our days seems like anything BUT an adventure.

  • The same job…
  • The same spouse and kids…
  • The same co-workers…
  • The same neighbors…
  • The same house chores…
  • The same ol’ same ol’…

But what if these ordinary, everyday circumstances are not the main ingredient to life being an adventure?

If God is “with us always” as Jesus promised then He is with us even in the midst of these seemingly mundane moments. And how can any moment where God’s presence is available be anything but an adventure?

Perhaps we are too focused on our circumstances and not focused enough on learning to live in the awareness of God’s presence?

May today be a brand new adventure with God!

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© Richard Alvey and iLife Journey, 2013. All rights reserved.

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We can make a difference

It’s impossible to ignore all that’s going on in the world but sometimes it gets a bit overwhelming.

With all the negative, heartbreaking things going on all around the globe how can one person make a difference?

By doing one small act of compassion at a time!

As we grow in our love relationship with God, we begin to empathize with God. We feel what He feels. Then we begin to sympathize with others.

We experience sympathy breakthroughs as we see the image of God in others. And when those empathetic feelings turn into compassionate actions, they set off chain reactions with eternal ramifications.

Don’t underestimate the spiritual significance of even one act of compassion done in the name of Christ. That one act of Spirit-prompted compassion can change the course of history.
~ Excerpted from Primal by Mark Batterson

What we observe going on in the world may come to us as one big mess but it’s really the culmination of many, many small decisions. We may not be able to change the whole world by demonstrating compassion through one small action; but we can help to tip the scales towards making things better.

I would rather do something and come up short than toss in the towel early and do nothing!

What will we do today to express and extend God’s compassion?

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Our divine Advocate!

How we view God is critical to our relationship with Him. But equally important is what we understand about how God views us!

Like a lot of people I know, I grew up with an image of God as an impossible-to-please task master who barely tolerated us and was always ready to smack us on the hand (or worse) when we made a mistake or stepped out of line.

We are told in Scripture to “fear the Lord” because He is God, but the kind of fear I walked in was not healthy or intended by God. As Mark Batterson puts it:

Ultimately, the only thing we ought to fear is living outside the umbrella of His authority. Nothing fills you with holy confidence like knowing that God Himself is your advocate. You don’t have to take matters into your own hands, because they are in the hands of God Almighty. You can bless those who curse you. You can pray for those who persecute you. You can love your enemies. Why? Simply because you know that God is your advocate. ~ Excerpted from Soulprint by Mark Batterson

Advocate: supporter, backer, promoter, believer, activist, campaigner, sponsor, encourager, one in favor of another…

God is our loving Creator who delights in us and is always there for us. No one on the face of this earth can fill that same role!

If God is for us, who can ever be against us? ~ Romans 8:31b

As we give ourselves to participate in His unfolding story of grace and truth we can have confidence that we face nothing alone! He is always with us and for us!

He is our divine Advocate!

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Real success

How do you define success?

I have a simple definition of success: Do the best you can with what you have where you are. In essence, success is making the most of every opportunity. Spiritual maturity is seeing and seizing God-ordained opportunities. Think of every opportunity as God’s gift to you. What you do with those opportunities is your gift to God. I’m absolutely convinced that our greatest regrets in life will be missed opportunities.
~ Excerpted from In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson

I had one of those moments a few days ago.

It involved a late evening trip to a local store that turned out to be pointless! And it was definitely NOT how I had intended to spend my evening. But it led to a phone call that was very, very timely!

It was definitely a God-opportunity!

Why is it so easy for us to think that life is all about us and forget that life is God’s story?

When we give ourselves to do life with Him – living each moment aware of His ongoing presence – we become available for all kinds of God-opportunities.

What might God have for us to participate in today?

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