Do the right thing. Chill out.

Sometimes we humans act like like we’re in control of the results of our actions and in control of our worlds.  But that’s not true.  God’s in control.

That doesn’t mean our actions are meaningless.  But it removes some of the pressure.  You and I can’t control any number of critical variables.

James 4:13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” 14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” 16 But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Pray. (Ask direction, ask blessing)
Show up.
Do your best.
Leave the results to God.

This will require the exercise of the fruits of the Spirit.  Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.  To have the fruit of the Spirit, one must be *in* the Spirit.

You have to have faith in God to pray at all.  Faith that He will direct and bless His child.  Hope for all good things.  You have to have self-control (perseverance) to show up – love, joy, kindness, goodness, gentleness are all part of “doing our best”, and leaving the results to God requires faith again, and trust in Him.  Trust in Him requires that you know Him.

Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

That verse doesn’t say, “to the immediate, temporal good”.  It just says “good”.  You have to trust God to know what “good” looks like, and let Him weave the tapestry of our lives.  Let the Creator create.  Let the Savior love.  And be His hands and feet whenever He lets you.

We are simple creatures, we can’t see the fabric of time and space.  We can only do our best and let God steer us for His glory.

Easier to say than do – but if I don’t say it, I won’t remember to start doing it.  😀

 

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