Even still, God will – Where’s Norm?

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Psalm 27:13
Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness
    while I am here in the land of the living

When things do not feel normal, it is hard to move forward. It’s easy to let ourselves make excuses. We may say things like: “But I am too young to do this.”, “But I am not good enough for this.”, “But what if l say the wrong thing?” or “But I am too afraid to do that.” But… starts to become the mantra keeping us from God’s goodness. Often, the problem is not what keeps you from moving forward in life; it’s usually the excuses.

Over the last few days, we have covered the first three Ps of the 5 Ps of preparing for transition. We have looked at Purpose, Paint a picture, and Plan. Today, we are going to reflect on Part. As we step into something new we need to ask, “How am I involved in the bigger picture?” We all have a part in something bigger than ourselves and an opportunity to serve others in it.

This weekend, we read that the Israelites were being led by God into the Promise Land. A land that he had set aside for them.  Similarly, God is leading us to new things in our lives. For me, this season, in a sense, has led me to a new Promise Land. I recently moved in with some roommates. Leading up to this move, my mind started to flood with excuses. I even asked myself, “What if my roommates don’t like me and I get kicked out?” I almost allowed excuses to keep me from where God wanted me to be.

As we step into something new, we have a part to play in it. Every new beginning, we have is bigger than just ourselves and it involves others. It is important that we identify our part and ask God what he wants to do through us.

If I would have allowed my excuses to stop me from moving, I could have missed out on an opportunity to make a difference in other people’s lives. Since I have moved, I have realized that I have an opportunity to introduce my new neighbor to Jesus.  This amazing opportunity is one part in this new adventure I am on. It is one part of a bigger picture that God is painting.

Each of us is put on this planet, in this season, for a purpose. You and I have a purpose and we play a part in God’s bigger picture. As we recognize our part, it is important that we lay aside our excuses. Instead, we need to trust that God has created us special,  and he has equipped us with everything we need to live out the part he has given us.

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

What excuses have you been making?

What part do you play in the bigger picture God has for you to make a difference in someone’s life?

What keeps you from being confident in God’s purpose?

Next Steps:
Write down any problems you are focusing on.

Learn more about your purpose and the part you play in God’s plan by attending GrowthTrack.

Step into opportunities around you by joining a Group  or Join others at a 2nd Saturday Serve. On the second Saturday of each month, we come together to demonstrate God’s love in practical ways by serving others and to continue the mission of our annual Serve Day throughout the year.

God, it is so easy to get caught up in all the excuses. I pray that they will fall away so I can see you more clearly. Please open my eyes to the part that I play in the bigger picture and show me who is in need and those whom I can share the love of Jesus with to make a difference in their lives. Thank you, even as I make excuses not to act, that you keep your promises. I am on this planet in this season for a purpose. Despite all the problems going on, you have given me a purpose. Show me what I can do to carry this forward. In Jesus’ name, amen!

This post was written by Rebecca Roberts, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.

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  1. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    Thank you Rebecca. This is a good reminder for me today! God does his part, but I’ve got to do mine!

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