Like not in a creepy, I’m-in-your-house-horror-movie-kind-of-way…but who’s watching how you do life on a day-to-day basis?
If you’re thoughtful about it for a minute, you’ll probably come up with the usual suspects: spouse, kids, co-workers, friends, bible study group (for you pious — *wink*) …but what about the rest of the world? What about the people who see you outside your “protective, I’m-a-nice-guy bubble”? What about the young kid getting ready to check you out at the grocery store – wondering just how ornery you’ll be after having to wait for umpteen price checks and double coupon day? What about the woman at the airline gate – already in the midst of dealing with 20 other passengers who will likely miss their connecting flight because of weather.
And it’s not just how you engage in potentially crabby situations either. What about when your server forgets to add the appetizer to your bill? Or when you get credit for your colleague’s great idea?
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:3
“But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” Matthew 27:17
For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, (as it is written, “A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS HAVE I MADE YOU”) in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist. Romans 4:16-17
We all need people in our lives we can go to for a little advice and guidance. I’m excited to introduce you to one of my “such people” today.
I’ve referenced the ministry I work for in previous posts and also on the Travel & Speaking page. There, I also note when I have the opportunity to share with co-founder, Anet Jackson. Anet is a powerhouse for the Lord. She has wild God stories that just need to be written down (and we’re working on that!). When Anet starts talking, I feel like a little kid that just wants to sit cross-legged at her feet and listen until she’s too tired to talk anymore.
Just for fun, let’s pretend you were asked to rate how you feel you serve God in various areas of your life. I mean, really put Him first. Now, I get that you have a job and you have to be in alignment with the company mission, policies and appropriate bureaucracies, etc. But…like in your heart, are you serving God first in that situation? Are you applying His principles and His characteristics to that relationship or circumstance? This is the kind of thing I mean. On a scale from one to ten in the following areas (and we’re just naming a few here). Go!