I am struggling today.  This isn’t a physical battle.  It is however a battle for my mind.

Recently, a friend of mine decided it was time to move out of New York.  He made that decision after watching the financial and mental burden the New York City and Long Island area have placed on its residents.  He decided to make his family life better; leaving this area would be the best decision.  So far, he has been right.

For years, I have dreamed of leaving New York and going to other places that have not only been more affordable but less stressful, a place where I can raise my kids without the pressures of having to work infinite hours and spend more time with them.  I have dreamt of being able to sit outside at night and see the stars thinking about the wonders God has created in the heavens.  Being able to go outside in the early morning hours and sit and spend time with God in the quietness of the outdoors.  Listening to the calm breeze while pondering the greatness of the God I serve.

Unfortunately, this has not been my lot.  I live in an area where busyness is just a way of life.  Wake up, get dressed, get stuck in traffic, go to work for 9 to 10 hours per day, come home, help with the family, study then sleep and do it all over again the next day.  The non-stop pressure builds and builds only for my body and mind to stop properly functioning causing me to sit back for a day to wonder why I don’t feel so well.  This busyness causes less time with my family and more time going from one thing to the next.  So you would think that it is a no-brainer for me to pick up my family, quit my job and leave, right?

Getting up and leaving suddenly is not as easy or logical as you may be thinking.  Currently, I work at a job that I love.  My coworkers and supervisors are great and are like family.  What I do is interesting and never the same.  Each day is a new adventure.  It is a place that I have spent the last 15 years learning not just to love the work, but the people as well.  Regularly I remember them in my prayers and hope that all of them one day come into the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, repent of their sins and live for Him.

In addition to that, I have a church family that I love as well.  For most of my life, they have encouraged me, taught me, and disciplined me with love and care.  They have prayed for my family, shown me their love through actions and have allowed me the pleasure and opportunity to try out my skills as one who preaches the Word of God.  I have even had the pleasure to have a taste of heaven when my father and I served on the same Elder board at the same time.  The first and last time that had ever happened in the history of our church.  It has been a place that I can call not just home, but family.

More recently, I have begun to learn how to be a pastor at a local church on Long Island.  Their pastor has been sick for some time and they have graciously allowed me to teach them, council them and learn what and how a church works, from the pastoral viewpoint.  Over the past 7 months or so, they too have become an extended family for me.

So you may be asking, if your life is as good as you say it is, then what is the struggle?  Why not just go on with life doing what you are doing and forget about those things which you do not have?  These are great questions, but the complexity of life and the things of this life are not what I struggle with.  Whether the house I live in is large or small or new or old, makes no difference for me.  What matters to me is something that you and I lose every day…..time.

As I grow older and my kids become adults, I notice that time is fast-forwarding at light speed.  My once little boy who made believe he read the Bible, is now learning to survive as an adult.  The other little boy who wanted to help his daddy with everything, is now in a high school where he can try subjects out to discover what he loves and wants to do.  In just a few short years both of them will be mainly on their own, living the lives they chisel out of their own masterpiece from their portion of life’s marble.

I have been watching friends of mine retire and begin living their lives as “free men” allowing them to do things with their family that previously, they could not do.  They have gained time for their families, they have slowed down the clock a bit in order to focus on helping their children become adults.

Time is something we lose every second.  Even as you have been reading this, time has slipped away into the eternal void of past lives.  No more will those seconds or minutes be gained, but will become mostly forgotten and largely lost to the busyness of what this world has to offer.  As quickly as time enters is as swiftly as it leaves.

My struggle with time has been for some time.  How to make the best decisions with the limited time I have on this earth.  During my mind’s battle for time, I have also learned that I long for something that I am not promised either.  I contemplate and plan for a time not yet discovered, a time not promised nor experienced yet.  We make plans for retirement (which I cannot do any time soon), we plan vacations, we even our meals, but are we sure that our next breath, the next second are promised?

Even with all of that, I hold onto the promise of the Good Shepherd who walks in the ways of His Father.  My focus is not on what this life has to offer or the limited time I am here, but on the work that He has called me to.  A life to help others and teach them to rely on Him.  No matter if I work in the secular world, or inside a church, the gift of being able to teach others and help others learn about the love and completion of Jesus Christ is my calling.  He gives me the strength, wisdom and patience to deal with those things, most don’t understand or care about.  He allows me the ability to do time management and still allows me quality of time my family needs from me.

As I work this all out in my mind, I am praying for clarity and direction.  I have learned from Jonah, that running away from this calling will only lead me to times of extreme trials and tribulations.  I have learned from Peter and Paul that what we have here is only a fleeting memory and unimportant in the scheme of eternity.  I have learned from Ruth that spending time with family is extremely important, so long as our focus is on God.  I have learned from Job that all that I have here, including my children, are only things that are borrowed and can be taken away in the blinking of an eye.  I have learned from David that crying out to God in my moments of struggle is where He wants me to be.   I have learned from Jesus Christ that what I want is not what is best, but the direction of God is best even if the rest of the world thinks you’re crazy.

So pray for me and my family.  Pray that we will make decisions, not based on desires, time or logic, but will make decisions based on what God is telling us.  For those who know me and are reading this, I have not made any decisions and will not for some time, so don’t worry, I ain’t going anywhere.  But one day, I will have to make some hard decisions, so I ask that when that time comes, whether it comes quickly or slowly, that we make the decisions based on His will for His Kingdom and not what we want because of our earthly sinful desires.

We thank you in advance for traveling with us and allowing me to express my struggles with you.  God bless and encourage someone today.


You’ve Gotta Get Into the Game to Win

When it comes to sports, my son know a lot more than I ever did at his age.  He understands the rules of baseball, basketball, football, hockey and soccer (just to name a few).  He has played many of these same sports with enjoyment and zeal.

A few years ago, he was on a soccer team where he was a substitute player.  He didn’t play much but wanted to commit himself to this team.  I believe part of it was because he loved to play soccer.  I think the other part of it was that he was committed to them because during his time of operations, his team cheered him to get well.  On one occasion, they even gave him a ball with all their signatures on it.  It was one of these displays of love that allowed my son to see what a team was really about.

When we look at sports and analyze it a bit, here are some observations about the sports we love.

  1. Most of us cheer the team we love.
  2. We yell and scream when our team does bad.
  3. We wear their jerseys and hats to show our commitment to them.
  4. We argue about who is better and why.
  5. We understand the technical aspects of our beloved sport and no one can say otherwise.
  6. We tell others about what our favorite team or players have done to make them successful.

However, there is one aspect that I didn’t list.  WE DON’T PLAY!  We are not the one’s who are getting hurt.  We are not the one’s who train for hours on end to become a driving machine for our team.  We are not in the game so we don’t win.

How many times have you heard someone say, “My team won that game” or “My team did a lot better than they have in the past”?  Even I have been guilty of saying that but unless I have a financial stake in a team, they are not my team.  The players don’t know anything about me.  They don’t think, “Oh I have got to call J.D. tonight and thank him for paying my salary”.  But most times we all are guilty of having this sense of success and pride when it comes to our team.

In most sports, there is also a “Hall of Fame”.  Even my favorite sport, bowling, has a hall of fame.  The best of the best are listed there.  They have been successful in their sport.  They have become experts in the craft they love.  These men and women are the one’s we look up to and think “I want to be like that someday”.  Did you know that there is a ‘hall of fame’, in the Bible?

In Hebrews 11 (the later part of the New Testament), there is a list of people who, for all intents and purposes, are the hall of fame’rs’ in faith.  They are real people with real lives.  They did extraordinary things but lived ordinary lives.  All of them made plenty of mistakes and all of them had something special that God liked.  Here is a short list of these people:

  • Enoch – A man who dedicated his life to God’s purposes.
  • Noah – A man who believed God would flood the earth and built a boat.  He also was a drunkard.
  • Abraham – Known as the father of all nations who left his comfortable life to travel with God.  He also committed adultery and lied often.
  • Issac – He was committed to God’s purposes in his sons lives.  He too was a consistent liar.
  • Jacob – A deceiver who conned his brother to sell his birthright.  He also wrestled with God and understood that without God, nothing can be accomplished.
  • Moses – The man who led Israel out of Egypt.  He was also a murderer.
  • Rahab – She hid the Israelite spies when they were approaching the Promised Land. She was also a prostitute.

There were many others listed.  But did you notice one thing?  Most of these people were sinners like you and I.  They weren’t perfect.  They doubted God, did their own thing but ultimately knew that it was God’s Kingdom that they needed to be committed to.

In this same chapter it states, “They were stoned, they were sawed in two, they were put to death by the sword.  They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated – the world was not worthy of them.”  Isn’t it amazing to see this?  We view our heroes as wealthy, athletic and successful.  We don’t see them as homeless and destitute but these people did one thing that most of us are unwilling to do today – to give up our comfort zone to be a success on God’s team.

When I see this list, I wonder how many of us would say, “I want to be a part of that list.”  And how many of us would then take the actions to be a part of that list?  If we are to be truthful with ourselves, we would say, “Not me.”  I don’t want to take part in losing my home, my rights,my cell phone, Xbox or computer.  I want to live a life of comfort.”  Fortunately, we don’t have to be poor or destitute.  Abraham was very wealthy and he made this list.  So do you want to be a part of God’s hall of fame?  Here is how you do it.  Ready?

“By faith” do what you were called to do.

That’s it!  Nothing more.  Nothing less.  We are just to obey what God has destined us to do.  We are to do the work that God has for us to bring His message of hope to all generations and all people.  Start by doing the simple things, then as your faith grows, your actions will follow that faith.  If you have a lot of faith, you will do a lot of things.  If you have a little bit of faith, then you will do a little bit of things.  But no matter where you are at, remember, to be in God’s Hall of Fame, we need to start simple.  Start one thing today and your faith will grow.  When we do this, we show the world we are a part of the best team – God’s team.

God bless and encourage someone today.

A Call To Unity, Trust and Growth

Just moments ago, President Barack Obama spoke the State of the Union address.  I must admit at first I was not that excited about this speech.  The typical speech we hear is about Democratic values vs. Republican values.  Fortunately, we did not hear this tonight, however, it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.

As I started to watch the speech, we found out that people were lined up since this morning just to shake hands with the President.  This reminded us of our Amway days.  People would line up for hours, sometimes overnight, just to get a spot in the auditorium to hear, see and maybe interact with the speaker.  Even we got caught up in the excitement.

During his speech, President Obama sounded as if he is interested in unity, trust and growth.  He even said, “I will lay out a blueprint tonight….”  This blueprint was to involve items like manufacturing, education and American values.  We were going to hear the details (finally) on how to get our country to be successful.

Most of his speech surrounded the economy.  He shared how he wants to encourage entrepreneurship to build successful businesses.  He spoke about how our economy is growing and the three (3) American car companies are hiring again.

President Obama shared how important education is and the importance of staying in school.  He shared about limiting illegal immigration, yet giving opportunities to those who want to become Americans.  He spoke about ways to grow the economy through innovation and manufacturing.  He claimed that to manufacturer in the United States is cheaper than manufacturing in China.

He called both parties to unify and create bills that could pass.  A call to trust each other and ‘have each other’s backs” was screamed from the pulpit.  The resounding gong of freedom of religion was sounded.  The clear megaphone of equality was voiced.  The call to grow the economy was announced.  However, in light of all this hype and preaching, there was one item he did not address, American values.

America was founded on values that are Christian in nature.  Our Constitution was written to reflect our freedoms given to us by God.  Our founding fathers wanted a country that was free from oppression and tyranny.  They had a dream of religious freedom without fear.  They knew the problem of government run churches.  They understood what it meant to be successful by the sweat of our brows.  Abraham Lincoln lived in a time where he failed more than he had success.  Yet, none of this was addressed.

If our freedoms are based on ideological, economic success, then our priorities are wrong and distorted.  When we look at other cultures that based total success on economic reforms, we see nations that failed miserably.  Even Adolf Hitler promised economic success.  Fidel Castro promised economic success.  In fact, the current Russian government stated to allow economic success, yet none of these countries are free.  None of them were successful.

When economic ideology is sounded, pride and greed creep in.  Pride says, “You can do anything you put your mind to, no matter the cost.”  Greed says, “Listen to Pride, you can succeed, no matter the cost.”  Pride and Greed work together to build a false sense of security.  The foundation of pride and greed is no more than house on sand with no solid core.

It is easy to understand, but extremely difficult to accept.  Without God, there is no success.  Without God there is no economic revivals.  Without God, we fail!  God is the essential part to our success.  If we do not listen to His direction, we ignore the Founder of life, the Sustainer of nations and the CEO of finances.

We have ignored God too long in this nation.  We have followed our pride and greed only to fail time and time again.  Will we have short term success?  Maybe, but to have long lasting, generational sustaining success, we need God.

Tonight, I read from Isaiah and discovered something extremely valuable.  In this book, God says to all nations, “I am God and there is no other.”  He says, “If you think you can be successful without Me, you are sorely mistaken.”  God proclaims, “I am the One who makes nations rise to do My will.”  God does not want 2nd place in our lives.  He wants to be the only One in our lives.

President Obama shared the call to unity, trust and growth for this nation, but failed to see the importance of true American values.  He feels that American values are based on the economy, yet God bases success on relationships.  We want money, God wants us.

So, I now make a calling to all peoples.  Turn to God and receive success.  Turn to God and know that your eternity is secure.  This world is temporary.  This economy is short lived.  Our lives are just a “dust in the wind”.  Our short years are nothing in comparison to the life yet to come.  Turn to God, seek His face and all these thing will be added unto us.  God wants us, not our ideals.

God Bless and encourage someone today.

This Time It’s Your Turn

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The Copier Training Ground

In my last blog, we saw how God wants to work in your life.  He wants to give you a purpose.  God wants you to answer the door of your heart, let him in and do a bit of re-decorating.  I also mentioned that I would share how God is working in my life to achieve the impossible.

Almost twenty years ago, I met the love of my life.  We were both very young.  I had no idea, at the time, that she would become my wife but I loved spending time with her.  She was shy and innocent.  I was a few years older and working.  Both of us immature.

Although we were both very young, God was very present.  He worked in my life to realize that there was more to life than my satisfaction.  This was the first time I wanted to please someone else.  Until that time, I lived a self filled, prideful, non-purpose driven life.  I did what I wanted to do, when I wanted to do it and with whom I chose.  Now, things had changed.  I wanted to be with her.  I wanted to talk with her.  This was different.

After some time, I realized that I needed more than a high school education.  So I decided to go to trade school.  During that time, God worked in our lives.  We decided to get married even though we were both young and immature.  A number of months prior to getting married, I graduated trade school with honors.  Something I had never achieved before.

You see, when I was in high school, I hated it.  There was nothing there that interested me except lunch, gym and computer class.  All other classes were meaningless.  Why did I need to educate myself?  I would never use this in real life, right?  I failed many classes and believe that some teachers passed me just to get me out of the system.  English was the worst.  I learned to hate reading.  I hated studying and could never get grammar correct.  I read, by force, a total of 2 books in high school.

By the end of my senior year, I was asked what I was going to do with my life.  I said, “I am either entering the military or going to become a cop.”  Unfortunately, both did not happen.  I failed the physical for the military, just before the 1st Gulf War.  The NYPD didn’t want me entering their training without a physical test that would cost me almost $1500 dollars.  It appeared that my life was on track to be a very boring and non-fulfilling life.  That was until I met my wife to be.

Just before I graduated trade school a large company wanted me to learn to fix copy machines.  I had no interest.  I wanted to be an IT administrator.  The dreams and goals I had did not meet the standards of the company that wanted to hire me.  They pursued me a 2nd time.  I turned it down again.  However, during that time, God had been speaking to me through my mentor.  My mentor was a copier technician and understood that I needed to get my foot in the door before being able to progress to something greater.

The company asked me a 3rd time and I accepted the offer.  Out of the hundred plus applicants, this company decided I was worth their effort.  What I didn’t realize, was that God was going to use the copier business as a training ground.

After 3 years, I decided to “sow my oats”.  I went from job to job in the copier business.  I not only fixed faxes and copiers, but I also trained people to fix them.  Then when fixing them wasn’t enough, I decided to sell them.  After failing at sales, I went back to servicing copy machines.  Unfortunately, God was talking but I wasn’t listening.

At one job, I ran my mouth.  I bragged how I was going to be a millionaire by opening a copier business.  No one else knew what they were doing, so I was going to change the industry.  That job lasted less than 3 months.  No one ever admitted it to me, but I believe that I was fired because I ran my mouth.  I did exactly the opposite of what God wanted.

After being fired, I had no choice but to cry out to God and seek His face.  This was the starting point of God letting me know what to do with my life.  It was the 8 1/2 months of unemployment that drew me closer to God.  I learned to tithe.  I learned to spend time in His Word.  I learned to really pray.  God allowed the bad situation to occur to show me He still loves me.

During that time, I was paying off bills, even though I had no money.  I was excited about my future even though I was trying to support a wife and child.  No matter what happened, I knew that dependency on God was all I needed.  I could do nothing without Him.  I thought I was meant to open a business but was failing that as well.  After the 8 1/2 months, the parent company of the 1st company I ever worked for, wanted to hire me.  I prayed and let God know that I would spend the rest of my life there, if He so chose.  I was hired at a salary higher than I had ever had.

During the past 10 years working for this company, my job has changed significantly.  God has used some of my co-workers and I to pray for the leaders of our company in order to show His mercy and grace.  He has also used this copier experience to teach me to write.  Up until, about 6 years ago, I had never thought about writing.  Let’s be for real.  I was the one to fail English.  I was the one who didn’t care about anything or anyone.  What could I write?

Over the past few years, my bosses have shared with me, this so-called writing talent.  At first I didn’t believe them.  I did what I had to do.  Then during a hard time in my life, God asked me to write about my experiences.  What?!  Me, write?  I decided to take a chance and start.  I started and stopped at least a dozen times.  Until, I found WordPress.com.  I knew that I was to write but didn’t know where until a friend of mine told me about this site. This is my obedience ground.

To be true to God is to be obedient to what He tells us.  If we are to write, then write.  If we are to counsel, then counsel.  If we are to teach, then teach.  We need to be obedient to His calling in our lives.  So to make this a simple as I can, here are the steps I took to discover God’s working in my life…..(to be continued)

God Bless and encourage someone today.

When I Grow Up, I Will Become….

When you were a kid, did anyone ever ask you, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  If your answers were like mine, they varied from a famous sports player to lawyer to astronaut.  Then as we got older things started to change.  We entered high school, discovered the opposite sex and some of us realized, “I need to work very hard and go to college.”

After college another change happened, the excitement of changing the world in the workplace.  Eagerly we go after the dreams and goals we had since we were small.  We have the “go getter” attitude doing whatever our bosses ask us.  We stay positive become successful and make a lot of money.  We buy the things we always wanted, live in the house we always dreamed of and marry the person who is perfect for us.

Oh, was I dreaming?  Sorry about that.  The reality is we all go into our lives with great expectations of changing society.  However, when we try to change things most times we get heartache, headache, stress and sickness. We think to ourselves, “This wasn’t the life I wanted.  Is this the outcome of all my dreams and goals?”  Our brains cannot comprehend the insignificance of what we do day in and day out.  We become depressed and ask ourselves, “What do I want to be when I grow up?”

You look into the mirror in the morning, notice the grey hair creeping slowly like a cat stalking its prey.  You find yourself no longer in shape wondering what happened and where did this person come from.  It is at this point, the search begins.  We start searching for an answer to life.  What is the meaning of all this?  Why am I not satisfied with my life?  What am I doing wrong?  It is when you get to the bottom of the barrel, you hear a knock at the door.

You go to the window, pull back the shades and look out to see only the shadow of a figure you don’t know.  He continues to knock.  What do you do?  You hear the man say, “Can I come in?  Will open the door and let me in?”  If this were to happen to you and if you are anything like me, you would ask “Who is it”, with the phone in hand getting ready to dial 911.  However, in this case, you decide to open the door.

The man at the door is a sight for sore eyes.  He is pleasant, courteous and asks to come in and talk with you.  He doesn’t appear to be a salesman or politician.  He just wants to talk.  You let him into your house, sit down with a cup of coffee and start talking.  He says, “I would like for you to re-decorate.  Let me change a few things and you will discover the joy of things unrealized.”  You hesitantly allow him to make some changes.  Maybe he moves the couch or paints a room.  He then asks, “Can I change your entire house to match mine?”  Now what do you do?

This is the life of the Christian.  The life of asking, “What will I be when I grow up?”  The life of opening the door of our hearts to Christ.  The life of allowing (or not allowing) God to change your life for the better.  What I can say is in order to discover God’s will for your life, you first have to allow Him to enter your life.  Once He enters your life and you have a relationship with Him, the next series of questions happens.  You start to ask, “What am going to do with the rest of my life?”  You re-enter the youthful question, “Can I really change society?”  The answers are not simple but they are easy to answer.

If you really want to know what God has in store for your life, the first step in discovering that is picking up a Bible, reading it and praying for God to speak to you.  God is the only One who can answer that profound life question.  Think about this, if your company has goals set up and you want to take part in achieving those goals, do you ask the guy behind the meat counter at the local supermarket, “Hey can you tell me how I can help make my company grow?”  If you did that, the butcher would say, “Do you want steak or chicken?”  If you want to know God’s will for you, then ask Him.

The Bible says, “…ask and the door will be opened to you.”  Jesus said, “If you want to know the will of my Father, then first seek His kingdom and righteousness.”  Seeking God is key element in the start of this process.  Without seeking God for the goals in your life, you will be achieving vacant lots and empty buildings.  No matter where you are and what you do, if you do it without God, you are doing for the sake of doing.  However, the life with God is the complete opposite.

When you walk with God and ask Him what He wants from you, you discover a satisfaction that is beyond human comprehension.  You discover contentment and joy.  You discover that life is not about you and I, but about God.  Walking with God becomes the most exciting times of your life.  You have never felt this way before and want to continue to feel like that forever.  It is when you seek God with all you heart, with all your mind and with all your strength that God says to us, “I want you to accomplish…..”  You now have your assignment.  God has revealed Himself to you.  He has told you what to do with your life.

So what has God told you?  It may not be extravagant or elegant, but you know that God wants you to do this.  For me, I knew that God wanted me to write.  I wasn’t sure why as I didn’t go to college, didn’t read much in high school and had no intention to write anything (except an occasional poem).  It was during a long “seeking” time with God that He revealed he wanted me to write.

In the next blog, I will share the up and down experience of God’s will in my life and discover what the next step is.  God Bless and encourage someone today.

The “Do-Nothing” Mindset

What if I told you that the Christian life is full of “Do-Nothing” opportunities?  How would you respond?  Would you tell me that “we have to be doing the Lord’s work” or would you say, “That’s cool”?  How do you feel about doing absolutely nothing?  How do you feel about doing everything?  No matter your view, did you know that the Christian life really is a “do-nothing” mindset?

The traditional view in the American church is to “do the Lord’s work” and “evangelize the lost”.  Are we called to do that work?  Absolutely.  Unfortunately, today most Christians have one of two views:

  • Do nothing and live life (or)
  • Do everything and complain about those who aren’t doing as much as you.

Both of these views are not only detrimental to the health of the church, but both are rooted in pride.  The first one is concentrated on our life.  The “Do Nothing and Live Life” attitude says “I am a Christian.  I don’t need to serve.  I don’t need the church.  I can go to various churches every week and no one should care that I do that.”

The second view is just as bad.  It says “If you aren’t doing something for God every day you aren’t a real Christian.  If you don’t serve one local body, you can’t be a committed Christian.  You have to do serve just like me.”

Think about it for a minute.  The first attitude allows people to just do whatever they want, whenever they want and never make a commitment to people.  The second attitude allows people to do things they don’t like to do for people they don’t care about with time they don’t have.  Are they committed to people as well?  No.  Some might think that because they do everything, that God will say, “Hey you did everything, burnt yourself out so here’s a bonus.”  That simply is not true.

The Christian life is a “Do-Nothing” mindset.  The focus is not on the action or inaction but on the last word “mindset”.  In Jesus’ day, He spoke with very highly regarded religious leaders who did everything.  They sacrificed as necessary by the Mosaic laws, they followed all 600+ rules and regulations handed down to them by their teachers.  They organized and did everything.  Yet through all this, Jesus called them a “brood of vipers”.  So what was Jesus saying to them?  In the simplest of terms Jesus was saying, “It doesn’t make a difference how much you do.  All that make the difference to me is that you believe in me.  Just because you do a lot of stuff doesn’t mean anything.  Your attitude towards Me is what counts.”

So where does the “Do-Nothing” fit in?  Well in the same breath that Jesus was telling those who did everything, Jesus also said, “If you love me, you will do as I do.”  Did Jesus do nothing?  Well, He turned water into wine.  He healed the sick.  He fed the hungry and in the book of John, we read that not all the works of Christ were documented as there would be too many stories to write.  However, through it all, Jesus had the “Do-Nothing” mindset.

Just before his death, Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane.  As He prayed listen to the content of His prayers:

  • John 17:4 – “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” (NIV 1984)
  • John 17:6 – “I have revealed youto those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.” (NIV 1984)
  • John 17:20-21 – “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (NIV 1984)

Did Jesus say, “May they believe and do nothing?”  No.  In fact, Jesus many times spoke to people about “doing the Father’s work.”  However, Jesus’ attitude is also in His teachings and prayers.  In John 15, Jesus is explaining His death to His disciples.  He explains that He and the Father are One and encouraged them to do the work of the Father because they love Him.  In reality, the “Do-Nothing” mindset is relying on God completely, realizing that we can do nothing without Him but work diligently because we love Him.

There are many examples of the “Do-Nothing” mindset.  When Peter walked on the water, he had to do some action (walk) but the reality was God was enabling Peter to walk on water.  When Moses was to lead Israel out of Egypt, God enabled Moses but God did the work.  He led them with a pillar of clouds by day and a flame by night.  When David killed Goliath, David threw the stone, but God guided it to the giant’s head with such velocity that the giant died instantly.  The question is, “Are we doing for the sake of doing or are we doing out of love for God?”

When we act because God loves us we have less stress and more joy.  We become content with what we do and less satisfied with external success.  When we act out of our own strength, stress increases, joy leaves, contentment is nowhere to be found and we try to do many things to satisfy our longings.

What do you love to do?  Do you love God more?  If so, then do what you love to do for the One you love more.  Don’t let action or inaction get in the way of your relationship with God.  In the next blog, I’ll share how to discover the will of God in your life.  God Bless and encourage someone today.