James: Handling the Hard Stuff of Life

Randy and I have been dreaming about what we will do with out home in the coming days. We struggled with whether to relocate or just stay here and improve our own home. We prayed about it for months asking God to make HIS desires be our desires. Suddenly, on a less busy day, we sat and talked and dreamed of what improvements and adjustments to what we already have could be made. It was exhilarating to talk of what’s next in building and improving, but it was also could to wonder about the future. It was also delightful to see God change our minds.

God created the ability to dream and create inside us, however, HE must be take priority for His ways are the best ways for us. His wisdom, our skills for living this life, must also be applied as we dream. Dream big, but do it God’s way. Dream and desire God’s dream and desire, for that thinking will take us farther down the road than our puny dreams will every day. We really don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. But we know the One who does!

James 4, The Message
13-15 And now I have a word for you who brashly announce, “Today—at the latest, tomorrow—we’re off to such and such a city for the year. We’re going to start a business and make a lot of money.” You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. Instead, make it a habit to say, “If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll do this or that.”

16-17 As it is, you are full of your grandiose selves. All such vaunting self-importance is evil. In fact, if you know the right thing to do and don’t do it, that, for you, is evil.

What do we learn?
–If God desires it and wills it, then relax, it will happen. Let go and let God.
–If the Master wills it and we’re still alive, we’ll improve our home, or…whatever else He desires for us to be and do. I trust Him, how about you?
–Be content until He moves You to another step closer to His dream for You.
–We need to get this right, for we are here only for a little while.

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Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for the dreams and desire You put within us. You are limitless and we try to put limits on You and ourselves. We repent of that…how ludicrous of us! What would you have us do even this day? Give us this day our daily dose of Your priorities for us today. And tomorrow…that’s all You.
In Jesus Name, Amen

And I’m singing…as I remember the voices of the Kellerby quartet sing…

I don’t know about tomorrow
I just live from day to day
I don’t borrow from the sunshine
For the skies they turn to grey.

And I don’t worry for the future
For I know what Jesus said
And today I’ll walk beside him
For he’s what lies ahead.

Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.

Every step is getting brighter
As the golden stairs I climb
Every burden’s getting lighter
Every cloud is silver-lined.

There the sun is always shining
There no tear will ever dim the eye
At the ending of the rainbow
Where the mountains touch the sky.

Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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