Work hard, be consistent through your discipline, and thank God every single day for His grace, in every single way—and the opportunities that He has provided, and will provide, now and in your future.
We constantly say “I” and “Me” in situations where it’s clear that it will only be because of God’s grace that our possibilities will manifest and be rooted as blessings.
That job offer. God. The promotion at work. God. The enrollment of people for your conference, class, or seminar—God. Coming out of that valley of debt. God. The sea of wealth. God. Those best seller book sales. God. The money pouring in from paid speaking engagements. God. More clients than you can handle. God. Project offers piling high. God. Your research approved. God. Getting something out of nothing. God.
Yep, those are God moves.
What’s beautiful about God is He allows us to call all of these accomplishments, “boss moves”, as though they are solely our doing. He demonstrates humility for us to see and mirror. As His creations we’re supposed to reflect Him.
We should give credit where it is deserved. Thanking God for pouring into you all that you needed to be courageous, strong, disciplined, confident, competent, knowledgeable, determined, and hard working. Thanking Him for blessing the ideas that He gave you, and for allowing them to manifest into the boldness that could only come from Him.
We make life all about us, when it’s all about Him.
Sometimes instead of saying, “how can I fix this?” We should consider asking, “God how can I stay out of the way?” Because so many of us have an attitude that screams, “but I did my part, why didn’t my plan manifest?”
Maybe we were in the way. Maybe it wasn’t time. Maybe there’s something else that’s missing, something that has absolutely nothing to do with the works that you perform. Maybe you aren’t ready for what will come during and after the manifestation. Maybe you made it all about you, and God is putting you on time out, so you can realign and get right. I don’t know. Maybe. The thing is, the more you focus on you, you, you, then you’re not seeing the details that make up the big picture. Humble yourself.
Friday and yesterday were really rough on me. I felt clobbered from every angle and direction. I’m grateful that God’s grace filled someone close to me, to speak to me in ways that helped me to step back from that deadly ledge of “I” and “Me”. I was operating out of fear, spiraling, and losing sight of who I am and to Whom I belong. Instead of asking God, “okay what are my next steps?” I went into the frantic stages of grief.
Thanks to an offer for lunch at IHOP (my favorite go-to), I was able to slowly release the air from my self-absorbed balloon, and make room for God to speak and direct me. You don’t accomplish much in panic. You can’t be fully receptive to God in panic.
I made some mistakes, overlooked some things, and didn’t move quickly on some other things—and although it’s noble of me to want to try to fix it, the way I was going about it was all wrong. I was reacting out of fear and not responding with faith. Admittedly, my actions were exclaiming that God didn’t, couldn’t, or wouldn’t do something for me. When my actions should have boldly been declaring, that I know what God can do and I humbly pray for His intervening grace.
The reality is, it doesn’t matter the work that we do, if God’s grace is not present. Be in alignment— humbled enough to accept what was, is, and may be—and faithfully ready for what comes next.
Father, it is Your grace and will that provides for me, that shelters me from harm, that guides me through darkness, that heals my inflictions, and comforts me in times of pain and loneliness. Father, it is Your grace and not my works, why I am who I am, and have what I have. My blessings are from You, not my will. I humbly thank You. Father, please tell me and show me how to stay out of the way, how to let go of the spiritual steering wheel that I clearly feel entitled to control. Show me how to make my experiences and my life all about You. In Jesus’ name I pray to You. Amen.