Thursday, May 20, 2010

Is it Right?

"We all know Christians who are forever questioning whether or not they are doing God's will.  One way to look at it is this:  if you are someplace doing something, then it is in some way God's will.  Otherwise you would be somewhere else doing something different.  We are called to thank God for where we are and what we are doing, trusting that he will move us to a different spot if necessary.

"Another way to discern if you are doing God's will is to ask yourself two questions:  Do you like what you are doing?  Does the world benefit from what you are doing?  If your answer to both of these questions is no, then you need to go through a process of discernment for change.  For example, if you love teaching but are currently in an inner-city school where you feel afraid, then the answer to question two is yes but the answer to question one is no.  If you like your job as a designer but it involves creating provocative clothing for young women, then the answer to question two is no.

"God's will involves our joyful service to others.  If either component of joy or service is missing, then something needs to change.  Otherwise, relax; you are where you are supposed to be for now."
--Valerie Hess, "Spiritual Disciplines Devotional"

Interesting way to look at your life as it is right now... isn't it?  Do you like what you are doing?  Does it benefit the world?

This applies to your job, where you live, how your family functions, what you do in your spare time...  Do you like it?  Does it make the world a better place?

I will be using this as my filter for decisions...  Clear, concise, easy to pray about.  I like it.

By the way - thank you to all those who felt guided to help at Feed My Starving Children last night!  11 people from our church showed up to help about 50 other people.  We bagged over 11,000 meals - which will feed 33 kids for an entire year!

1) Yes, I like doing it.
2) Yes, it benefits the world.
Good choice!  Praise God!

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