I was speaking to someone last week about how I feel like I am losing some parts of myself and how difficult and somewhat melancholy I am finding the process. I spoke about how the longer you are a Christian the more and more you strive, and are desirous, to develop the characteristics and mannerisms of Christ. You desire that development because not only are you so very thankful for how and the many ways that God has demonstrated His love and concern for you; but also because you love Him and simply want to be like Him.
The famous reason your parents would give you for why you couldn’t do something – “because I said so.” I can so clearly remember an instance when I asked my Mom if I could spend the night with a friend. Upon hearing her “no,” I asked her why not and was told “because I said so.” I simply could not understand. It wasn’t a school night, I was not under restriction (punishment), my friend lived downstairs. There was simply no reason why I shouldn’t be allowed to spend the night, and my Mom knew it too, which was why she didn’t have a reason – and gave the ole’ “because I said so” line. All kids knew that when their parents responded “because I said so,” it meant they didn’t have a legitimate reason, and that they were simply being mean.
As an adult, we now understand that our parents were not being mean, and that their “because I said so” response held a wealth of reasons that we simply were not mature enough to understand. We now know that they had our best interest and well-being in mind. Their “no” was not meant to hurt us, but rather to protect us, guide us, grow us, and direct us. So it is with God. When we are met with a “no” and just simply don’t understand, we can be assured that God has reasons, and that we simply may not be spiritually mature enough to understand. His “no” is not to hurt us, but is to protect us, guide us, grow us, and/or direct us. We can have complete confidence in the fact that He loves us, and has our best interest and well-being at the center of all of His actions.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Glory To God For All That He Has Done
Blessings – Janice
The Next Step Christian Coaching
[Reposted From February 1, 2016]
Have you ever been unsure of what you should do next? You've heard God's voice and you want to be obedient. You hesitant because you can only see the next step and not the full path.
It is a human desire to know where we are going before we begin to move. How often do we utilize our GPS or MapQuest before we begin a journey? We do this for many reasons, not the least of which is our desire not to become lost. Anxious, confused, and angry are a few of the emotions that we may experience when we are lost - and an overall lack of control.
It is when we overlay these human emotions on our spiritual walk that we struggle. When I would find myself in this situation, my Dad would often say "...just take the next step Janice, and God will direct you to the step after that..." It is truly a faith walk!
Will you be a little nervous and anxious as you step forward? Possibly - likely, but the point is that in spite of those feelings you still take the next step!
Blessings To You - Janice Caldwell
Associate Certified Coach, ICF