Have you ever seen a family member, friend, or complete stranger wearing an outfit that makes no sense at all? The clothes don’t match, they’re too big, or a combination of the two. The only thing you can think to yourself or say to them, is What are you wearing? In living out your unique calling, are you trying to wear someone else’s clothes?
When you face trials, temptations, hardships, or even “death valley,” there are times when you win, and times when you fail. I know there are plenty that I have failed myself, and lessons that have been on repeat for years. Is it more than just failing in the moment, or is it the result of what you did (or did not do) before that moment came? When those spiritual battles come, the most important lesson to remember is: you fight like you train.
We cannot pray honestly, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done” and still live like “my kingdom come, my will be done.”
Last year my wife and I went through a pretty big life change. After ten years in the fitness industry, we walked away. We moved on to different careers. With taking care of remodeling a new house, and starting a new job my workout routine went out the window. I soon realized there’s a spiritual lesson written all over this situation.
You know how there’s a long scenic route when you travel, and then there’s the fast route? Yeah, I’m a “fastest route possible” kind of person, but the Israelites were more like a lets take the scenic route…again and again kind of people. They were freed from bondage only to wander the wilderness for the next 40 years. Too many Christians today are just like those Israelites we read about. They are free from sin, yet they never move forward. They have forgotten about the land beyond Egypt.
If we get to the heart cry of the soul, I believe we just want to be known. We want to know that our life matters, and others know us. In truth, it’s what we were made for: to know others and to be known. The Internet has made it easy for a person to create a platform and rise to the spotlight seemingly over night. There is a certain paradox to discipleship in Christ though, and that is the willingness to live in obscurity.
How many times have you prayed for something and it seems as if God has failed to even acknowledge that you breathed the words? I know I have many times. One particular instance stands out for sure and it changed not only my thinking, but my actions as well. Join me as I share a story of how a truck opened my eyes to God’s trust in me.
We often think of the desert as a bad thing. It’s dry, hot, barren, and pretty much uninhabitable. We tend to apply those same thought patterns towards our Spiritual walk, when we enter seasons of being in the desert. What if the desert wasn’t a problem, but it was really a training ground? Have you ever been in a spiritual desert? Let’s explore it.