In our daily meetings, we try to make the “perfect” impression. We want our encounters to be memorable. We want to make a lasting impression on others. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be our best. Many of us take this need to be perfect and turn it into something it is not. We make perfection our gold standard for a job well done.
Do you see God as Father? I would be able to tell based on your prayer life. From experience, difficult times reveal what we believe. I learned that my perspective of God was skewed. Here are a few inaccuracies I believed about God:
Can you learn about prayer while at the gym? I did! Last week, I returned to working out and I began to look at the gym patrons. I noticed everyone in the gym had a common goal (physical fitness), but each person had a different starting point.
Endurance is challenging, especially when you are faced with adversity. Your natural reaction is to quit or to hide, but instead God wants us to stand. Standing is an act of faith and a struggle of the will. We are encouraged in Scripture to stand and see the salvation of the Lord. As exciting as this Scripture might be, in the middle of life’s moments, this is the last thing you want to do.
This year, I have found myself looking for peace in adversity. My journey has led me to be more mindful of my personal habits. For example, I notice that I have been checking my Smart Phone more often. I want to know what is going on with those I love, what is going on in the world, and I want to see what will happen next.