Archives For April 2016

If Only I Will

April 13, 2016

“If only I had…”

Fill in the blank for yourself.

If only I had… tried harder, said less, said something, read more books, made more friends, been bolder, prayed regularly…

The ‘if only I had’ list is long and growing in most people’s lives. Looking back has value, especially in learning from our mistakes. But if we stay stuck, always looking back will only cripple us in the future. 

A better way of living is to learn from yesterday and say “If only I will…”

When you replace ‘if only I had’ with ‘if only I will’, you become empowered to do something about tomorrow. You can learn from yesterday whilst shaking off it’s guilt and recriminations. 

If only I will… speak up, read more, take a chance, love again, ask God…

‘If only I will’ helps you to turn things around. 

‘If only I will’ unlocks a world of new options. 

‘If only I will’ opens a door called grace. 

Be forgiven. Go and sin no more. Go on, go. 

Rest

April 7, 2016

You can worry, fret, wonder, imagine, and try to figure out what comes next. Or you can rest in the knowledge that God knows what comes next. He’ll let you know when you need to know.

You can strive, strain, push, pull, and try to force something into being. Or you can rest in the power of the Holy Spirit. He can do what you can never do.

You can redouble your effort, try to be better, clean yourself up, and show God what a good person you are. Or you can rest in the finished work of Christ. He’s done it all. 

Insight without worry.

Faith without strain.

Righteousness without effort.

You’ll do your best work, be your most creative, help more people, love more deeply, find cool solutions, live more freely, give more generously, and walk a straighter path, when you do so from a place of true rest. 

Rest. God’s got you.