March 25, 2010
I wonder how many people read a daily devotional and think, “Wow! This was written just for me!” Last year as I started on my new path of spiritual growth, a friend forwarded a daily email devotional – the name caught my attention right off the bat, “TGIF – Today God Is First” pretty clever, huh? I’d love to say I read them every single day, but the truth is sometimes it seems like I’m catching up on the entire week!
ANYWAY, there is a point coming…a couple of weeks ago my supervisor gave notice he was leaving the company. Needless to say I was happy for him, yet disappointed to see him leave. I found myself trying to put the puzzle pieces together…desperately wanting to know how the new picture would look. Those thoughts quickly shifted to my position within the company, what I thought I needed to be fulfilled and successful…see a pattern?
Thankfully, God gave me the nudge I needed through the daily devotional…as I read, my mind was still focused on workplace events and emotions were…well…let’s say…a bit elevated, when I found myself staring at a quote that stood out like a flashing neon sign! I don’t know who Dr Sam Peeples is, but he’s on to something…
“The circumstances of life, the events of life, and the people around me in life, do not make me the way I am, but reveal the way I am.”
Well, well, well…that little quote opened a can of worms…I quickly realized I was focused (yet again!) in the wrong direction…on some level believing I needed certain things, worldy things, to be successful and stressing over fear of the unknown. Hello????? Even as I write these words I’m amazed how easily I lose focus.
Do I still lose focus? Absolutely. But ya’ wanna hear the good news? And this is the really cool part…I’m relying on prayer…not the “this is what I’m supposed to do” kind of prayers, but real conversation prayers….my little one-on-one God sessions…every single day, several times a day…for big things, little things, and all the in-between things. And as I draw closer to Him, I’m hopeful I’ll start revealing not just the way I am, but the way He wants me to be.