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God Is Who He Is

“Obedience is the key to real faith – the unshakable kind of faith so powerfully illustrated by Job’s life. Job lost his home, his family, his health. But though it appeared God had abandoned him, Job clung to the assurance that God is who He is.”
-Charles Colson

Isn’t it funny how quickly we forget that God is who He is?

  • Stuck in traffic. What am I going to do? I’m running late!
  • Tough day at work. How am I ever going to get this done? Why do I have to deal with this situation?
  • Family issues. Why can’t this child see the right way to do things?
  • Financial problems. How are we going to afford this? We’ll never get out of this hole.

Where’s God in all of these questions? We all (myself absolutely included) tend to forget that He is in control…that God is who He is.

So much stress, so much worry. 

As the author goes on to say, real faith is believing and acting obediently regardless of circumstances or contrary evidence.

A reminder to myself today, and anyone else who needs it, to keep that in mind. If we truly believe in God, incorporating that belief into our daily routine and applying it to difficulties that come up will keep us in a place of peace.

Simply remembering that God is who He is can be a real game-changer.

Have a great day.

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Where Were You?

Where Were You

‘But I wonder, where were you? When I was at my worst, down on my knees? And you said you had my back, so I wonder where were you?’

If you listen to pop music, you know these are lyrics from the song ‘Maps’ by Maroon 5. It’s a song that has absolutely nothing to do with what I’m going to write about, but just stay with me here for a minute.

Right now, there are a lot of people hurting about a lot of things. Perhaps something fairly recent, or something that happened a long time ago.

It could have been the loss of a loved one, a job, a relationship, your health, financial well-being…anything. Whatever it might have been, the hurt is still there and along with it, frustration and even anger.

Sometimes, traumatic or significantly stressful events can lead to a loss of faith and a turn away from God. After all, where were you God? When I was at my worst, down on my knees? Why would you do something like that? If you really loved me, why did you make me sick or take that person away from me? Why me? Why don’t you listen to me? How could you let that happen?

I love God deeply…but I would be lying if I said I’ve never thought these types of things in the past. I can remember nights yelling at God, being upset about my circumstances, and wondering why it seemed like He wasn’t doing anything or why He wasn’t listening.

Let’s face it, there are times when it can feel like God’s just not there.

But He is there, and the reason for writing this post is to encourage anyone who’s experienced something difficult that is testing your faith or that has even caused you to throw your hands up with God.

Things don’t always make sense. Life is definitely not ‘fair’ as we would call it. I am not trying to minimize the pain you are experiencing, nor can I understand exactly how you’re feeling or what you’re going through.

But I can speak from personal experience in saying that, God will lift you up when you can’t lift yourself up. He will bring you out of valleys and let you stand on top of mountains. He will never, ever give up on you and He does have a good plan for your life. These aren’t just feel-good words to fill up a blog post…it’s the truth.

Deuteronomy 31:8
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

So I’d just encourage you today to reach out to God, whether it’s been a long time or if you never have. It doesn’t mean things will magically get better right away. He’s not a genie in a bottle who just grants wishes. But God does listen to our prayers. He hears the cries of the brokenhearted. And, He will get you through whatever you’re going through.

Psalm 107:6
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.

And if you never have before, you don’t have to be an ordained minister or know the ‘right words’ to pray – just talk to God. He will hear you.

If you want/need someone to pray for you, I would love to do that. Either leave a comment below or if you’d prefer to stay anonymous, just click the ‘Contact’ link at the top of my blog and email me.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this today. Have a great day and remember, God loves you!

Thankful

Maybe it’s the unseasonably warm late winter/early spring we’re having here in the Midwest, maybe it’s something else. Whatever it is, I’ve been feeling pretty thankful for a lot of things lately.

Continue reading Thankful

Top 10 Most Stressful Jobs of 2011

Is your job stressing you out? Well, it could be worse. Take a look at this list.

I think it’s funny that the three types of positions I’ve held since college all fall in the top five. 2, 4, 5…yep, I guess it’s been that kind of a career for me 😉

I’ve seen plenty of stressful days as a PR guy and a TV news guy. Both are go, go, go kind of jobs and carry their fair share of responsibilities. Both involve a lot of deadlines, a lot of pressure, and both are rather high-profile positions with not a lot of room for error when it comes to presenting and managing information.

That being said I think it’s somewhat of a stretch to include them in this list. I mean come on. Handling PR for an agency or elected official and broadcasting the news…yes they’re stressful gigs but I find it a bit hard to believe that these positions are among the ‘most stressful jobs’ in the world.

Positions where people’s lives are at stake I could understand. The list mentions EMTs. I can totally see that. I’d be stressed to the max if I was an EMT. That’s life or death stuff.

Airline pilots came in at number one on the list. Yep, carrying hundreds of people in a flying tube that is hurtling through the sky with everyone’s livelihood riding on your training and abilities…that’s some real stress right there.

Organ transplant surgeons, hostage situation negotiators, personal security detail agents, prison guards – all of those seem like infinitely more stressful positions than the ones I’ve held in my life that made the ‘Top 10′ list. Having others’ lives – or your own – depending on your job performance is how I would define a stressful job. (I’ll make an exception for the journalists and PR folks who are directly in harm’s way. Those positions do exist, I’m aware.)

But I digress. Whatever your job is, I hope it’s relatively stress-free and I suggest that you have a system in place for dealing with that stress when it does arise.

One thing to remember: No matter what the stress level of your job may be, these days it’s a blessing just to have a job. Simply being employed is a good thing, folks. A little stress on the job certainly beats not having one as far as I’m concerned.