Wednesday, September 30, 2020

To Me Or For Me?

I’ve recently heard various famous people say that having a different mindset is vital for success, especially in this crazy year. They say it’s important to think that what happens in your life is happening “for” you, not happening “to” you. 

We’ve all experienced difficult things this year. In many ways it feels like circumstances have dictated decisions and experiences for us. 

For instance…
I was thinking about growing my hair long again…corona decided this was the year for it. 
I was hoping to find a part-time job in TX…corona decided that wasn’t a possibility. 
I was praying about a mission trip to Israel…corona decided that wasn’t happening in the near future. 
So I now have longer hair, no part-time job, and no international travel plans. I could feel angry and blame corona…or I could remember God’s view of my life. 
“…all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” –Psalm 139:16

“In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will….” –Ephesians 1:11
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” –Romans 8:28
Our God is not only still in control of His world, He is still working out every crazy situation and difficult circumstance for the good of those who love Him. 
Somehow…He is. And someday we’ll see it clearly. Until then, even when it feels like things are happening “to” you, you can know that God is working out good things “for” you. 
Even with shaggy hair, no steady job, and inability to travel…I know that Jesus is always “for” me – no matter what!
And He is for you too! 
May that be the message we embrace, remind ourselves of, and encourage others with this year and every year until we see Him face to face. 
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” –Romans 31-32

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