Too often we try to solve our own problems. We collapse under the weight of burdens and unknowns, as we try to predict all possible outcomes and make decisions to come up with the 'best' solution. But there is a much simpler way. A way that offers freedom. Let go of all your plans, unknowns and burdens. Hand them all to Jesus. He knows the end from the beginning and can lead you through life in an amazing, personal way.
Be faithful in the small jobs that God gives you to do, for they are a teaching ground used to prepare you for bigger projects.
Sometimes it may seem like the tasks we are asked to do are not very significant or important. They may be things which we don't like doing. But each task we are asked to do has a purpose. Each job, done with the right attitude, can be used to bring a change, teach us a skill or give us new insight. It can be used to develop character traits, like endurance, patience, honesty and faith.
When I think about being faithful in the small things, I am reminded of many stories, including the story of Joseph, who being sold as a slave, worked for his Egyptian master. It could seem that the jobs he was asked to do as a slave were not very important, yet, because he was faithful to God and in doing his tasks, God was with him and "he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master." (Gen 39:2, NLT).
You can read Joseph's story from working as a slave to being second in command after the Pharaoh. The story is found in the Bible, in the book of Genesis, starting in chapter 39.
- Feb 2, 2018
- 2 min read
Updated: Apr 10, 2018
"The Lord is my shepherd" - what does that even mean?
David, a shepherd turn King, wrote a beautiful poem in which he uses the imagery of God caring for us like a shepherd cares for his sheep. We commonly refer to is as Psalm 23. The words of this psalm may be familiar to you and you may even be able to recite it.
When David wrote this psalm, he was using imagery that was familiar to him. But have you ever tried re-capturing the essence of David's poem using your own words?
I encourage you to contemplate the meaning of the words of this psalm as you write your own version of it. Claim the promises for yourself.
Here is my take on Psalm 23:
My God, the one who made me, looks after me.
He gives me all I need.
He knows what is best for me and where I need to go,
but He doesn't make me go there alone.
He leads me along the way of my life.
He provides a time and a place for me to a break from things.
He refreshes my soul.
The "I AM" does not deceive, but always leads in truth and love.
I do not have to fear the future.
Even though I will encounter tough times,
I will have the strength to get through them,
for You are always with me.
You lead the way and protect me.
What others think of me doesn't change your opinion of me.
You claim me as your child and treat me like royalty.
I am blessed beyond belief.
I am sure that you will continue loving and blessing me
every moment of my life.
And I will spend eternity with You.