Do you ever have moments of asking yourself if all your hard work will be worth it? Or whether you’re on the right path? Perhaps you’ve been through recent changes at work or are considering a move. Often, these thoughts are just a question of perspective. No matter what’s happening in our lives, when we’re aligned with God’s thoughts about our situation, we stay connected to hope, grace and faith that is the fuel to get us through. When we stay connected to ourselves, God and others, we silence the voices of doubt.
God is always working. This is evident time and time again in the scriptures, and yet when we read the Bible stories from beginning to end, it’s easy to forget how much faith it must have taken for the characters to walk out the “middle” with God. Imagine the moments of doubt Joseph must have had while storing up grain for Egypt for seven years before a famine came, or Abraham when he moved his whole family to a foreign land at God’s word. Jesus demonstrates the strategy for finishing well perfectly – he frequently went off by himself to pray and be with the father. It was here he got what he needed to continue, even when things were hard. Each of us has an assignment that is worth finishing. What about you? What is your assignment? It may have to do with family, friends, location or work. It may not be easy, but it will definitely be worth it. As we stay connected to God, ourselves and others, we too find the fuel to keep going.
Staying connected to God is the key to staying connected to purpose, but it looks different for everybody. Years ago I was struggling to connect with God by sitting and reading the Bible. It felt like a discipline rather than a joy. Then one day I felt the Lord say “Why don’t you seek me and find me in the gym while you’re doing cardio?” I thought “that’s a great idea!” Every afternoon I went to the gym to work out, and so I started to use this as my “God time.” This was before iphones and ipads, so I’d rest my Bible on the handlebars of the bike and for the first twenty minutes of my workout I would read and pray and it was fantastic! I would then meditate on what I had read. For me, this was a revolutionary way of building discipline and staying connected to God that suited my personality! Connecting to God might look different for you. You may enjoy time in nature or in a prayer closet. God wants to meet us in our times of uncertainty and align us with His perspective. Will you say yes to His invitation, show up and meet with Him? When we partner with Him, He fills us with abundant grace to continue to fulfil the assignment He’s given us for the season.