Monday, March 29, 2010

Lamentations 1:1-12
Psalms 51, 69:1-23
2 Corinthians 1:1-7
Mark 11:12-25

Jesus says, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." (Mark 11:24)

In prayer, I frequently ask God for his guidance, especially when I’m not sure about what to do in a given situation. Do I go with what is best for me? Or what is best for my family? Or perhaps what is best for someone else? My bottom line is usually to ask God, “What is the right thing for me to do? What would Jesus do?”

I recently had the opportunity to “do the right thing,” but I did not. Now, I’m still paying the price. That price is carrying around that “feeling” – the one you get on the inside, when you know you did not make the right choice but then somehow rationalize it to feel better.

I was offered the opportunity of volunteering at Youth For Tomorrow, a Christian school/home for troubled teens in Gainesville VA.  I was asked by my friend, its outreach minister, to help celebrate Christ and the Christmas season during a weekend of planned activities.  I could come anytime from Friday night to Sunday afternoon, whatever worked for me.  Although I had other things planned, I accepted, thinking I could fit it in.  Well, I did not fit it in.  Instead, I put up my Christmas tree, went shopping with my daughter, wrapped gifts, and did whatever else I had originally planned.  Afterwards, I apologized to my friend for not showing up.  Of course he said that was just fine; but inside me, it was not just fine.  In fact it's bothered me ever since. I knew God was speaking to me because I'd been praying for a bigger heart to serve others.  God had heard me and had answered my prayers.  Not only had He answered my prayers, but He’s been letting me know on the inside that I had received the answer to my prayers. 

All I need to do is to seize the opportunities God is giving me…..and to act upon them.

Thank you God for hearing me and answering my prayers.  Thank you for continuing to work with me to discern the right and wrong choices for me in my life.  Thank you for moving me forward on that path of service to you and to others and drawing me closer to your eternal kingdom. Amen.

  --SDF

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