May 27, 2013
Go ahead now, take your meds. They're good for you! Welcome to your Daily Dose!
A Will And A Way
Sometimes I wonder who has more will power; a person named Will or a guy named Dave. Just kidding! Will power or the will to do things doesn't come about because of our name. The will to accomplish things big or small comes from within. No one can make you "will" something. No one can achieve for you what you can achieve for yourself! Trust me, I've tried it!
And, get this; my will for you is irrelevant. Once I tried to "will" my daughter Anna into the Air Force. I had great plans for her! She was going to be a General or something! Oh, I had mapped out her career beginning just after high school and it was to be a great one but I learned my lesson (again) about trying to will others especially when God not-so-subtly reminded me his will took precedence. Yeah, I knew that already but admit it, you and I try to sneak our will ahead of God's will all the time!
We are silly in that way. God just laughs at us don't you think? Our challenge as believers is not confusing free will with God's will. They aren't the same. Free will takes us off the path of doing God's will on our journey of faith. We freely make decisions about how when and where we will do God's will and we try to convince ourselves all too often that what we are doing is the will of God.
How can you and I tell we are truly doing the will of God? It begins by having a healthy relationship with him! Let's face it; if we aren't listening to God, if we are not talking to God then we can't know. God's will is for us to be one with him in his kingdom! What you and I do every day we do in his kingdom! God's kingdom isn't some far off place in the sky or an unreachable palace surrounded by a fence and pearly gates. It's right here!
"…nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or 'There it is!' For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you."
On my flight home recently I sat next to a young man whose name was, get this; Will! Will lives in Atlanta but is from the St. Louis area. He was heading back to St. Louis and catching a flight to Oklahoma City on his way to Moore, Oklahoma. Will was going to help with the clean-up efforts from the recent deadly tornado that leveled part of the town.
Will was going because he felt compelled to do God's will. Will felt he was being called by God to serve others. It was ironic that just three years ago others were called to do God's will by descending on the town of Joplin, Missouri after another destructive tornado. Will exercised his free will to faithfully fulfill God's will in his life!
How do you and I know we are doing God's will? Reflect on Mark's words below; you will be among your sisters and brothers and mother and father. Where is God's kingdom? It's in Moore, Oklahoma and Joplin, Missouri and other towns and cities. God's kingdom is all around us! We just have to be willing to serve others and willing to listen to God to see and know it.
My will and God's will may differ at times but if I listen and pray, then "thy will be done".
As they saying goes: "Where there's a person named Will, there's a way to serve God!"
For you need endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.
Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.
1 John 2:17
And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.