Live the Life You’ve Been Given

There are so many decisions to make in this life:

  • Where should I go to school?
  • What job should I pursue?
  • Who should I marry?
  • Where should I live?

All of these are valid questions, but often we tend to over-spiritualize them. We wait on a “clear word from the Lord,” when in reality, we should make decisions based on the wisdom that He has already given us in His Word!  I don’t want to minimize the importance of prayer, Godly counsel and seeking God’s face…all of these should be done according to His Word.  But so often, we put off making decisions until everything falls into place.  We pray that God would “open a door” or “close a door” when in reality that closed door could be a problem to overcome and the open door could be a temptation!  At some point, we have to make decisions based upon wisdom, and Just Do Something! That’s the title of a book by Kevin DeYoung that I’ve just finished reading.  I believe it’s the best, and most practical, book I’ve ever read on finding God’s will.  Too often Christians are so concerned with God’s perfect will that they fail to accomplish anything for Him!  Please don’t take me wrong – its important to seek God’s will, but I love the way Kevin summarizes his book:

So the end of the matter is this: Live for God. Obey the Scriptures. Think of others before yourself. Be holy. Love Jesus. And as you do these things, do whatever else you like, with whomever you like, wherever you like, and you’ll be walking in the will of God.

I wish I had been given this advice many, many years ago.  Please don’t waste your life – Just Do Something!

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4 Responses to Live the Life You’ve Been Given

  1. Shari says:

    I want to borrow your book when you’re done!

  2. Tim says:

    That might be kind of hard…it’s on my Kindle…

  3. Jessie says:

    Very encouraging…and thought provoking. Thanks so much for the encouragement, daddy. This was exactly what I needed to hear right now.

  4. Thatreminds me of a quote from David Green’s book, MORE THAN A HOBBY…
    “Better is a good plan in action than a perfect plan on paper.”

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