Whether you're ready or not, God will always continue to call you into the future He has in store for you. Our challenge is to not talk ourselves out of it, but instead, take the first step into the unknown.
The heart behind being responsible is good, but as genuine as our motives may be, we have a tendency to take responsibility for things only God can accomplish. When we heap this weight on our shoulders, things get complicated quickly. When we learn to step out of His shoes, the joy of simplicity will soon follow.
People who experience great loss are often times left on shaky ground. When stability and protection are gone, closing off from the outside world can follow, but a sure way to counteract this from happening is to allow God to come near. He did it for the widow and orphan and He will do it for us all.
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “the things of God.” Is it activities like reading the Bible, following rules, kneeling to pray, or going to church? Or is it characteristics of a loving Father who still performs miracles? If our everyday conversations can be infused with stories of His goodness, the picture of who He truly is will become clear to the world around us.
Sometimes when we meet people for the first time we don't have our best foot forward. That's just life, and who we truly are can't be accurately portrayed in just one encounter. Jesus was the master at not letting one action or behavior define his opinion of someone, and this week we are challenged to do the same.