Today I had the opportunity to reflect on how God has intersected with my life and taken me to places that I did not want to go but places that made an extreme difference in my life. I wanted to be an orthodontist but ended up as an army officer then a pastor. I wanted to be a father but that did not work out and I had to settle for being a dad. I wanted to go to Hawaii and he took me to Misawa, Japan where I adopted my daughters. I wanted to teach third grade, he wanted me to listen. I thought my life was ruined when I was divorced and he showed be a new life beyond my wildest expectations. So many times when I was in the Army he put me in the right place to use the gifts he gave me. He sent me to Bethel to use the gifts he gave me and to pass on the lessons I had learned in my faith journey.
Today I wonder how many of us go through life trying to do things our way and being satisfied with what we can forge for ourselves. It took me a long time to realize that my vision for myself was so limited and so self-centered. Life is so much different today. I do not try to please others, or even myself; in what I do I try to please God. And you know what -- it may seem a daunting task but it is not. I have begun to realize that there are some things I can do and some things I am not so good at. And if I can just focus on doing the best I can at all that I do, God will not ask any more of me.
I wonder how many of us try to be the best persons we can. I wonder how many of us focus on being the best spouse we can be. I wonder how many of us focus on being the best parent we can be. And as we do all that, I wonder if we realize how God is leading us AND how we resist!
Stay tuned, there will be more to come.