Pause and consider

There is as phrase I heard a long time ago, something like, “Always keep the main thing, the main thing.” I can’t remember exactly where I was, but it was in a church, and the ‘main thing’ was ‘living our lives Jesus’ way.’

This week I thought about that phrase again as I was reading a passage from James:

Instead you should say, “Our tomorrows are in the Lord’s hands and if he is willing we will live life to its fullest and do this or that.” James 4:15 TPT

Beth Moore, in her book, James, Mercy Triumphs, discusses this scripture in conjunction with Jeremiah 29:11:

‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

And then she poses some interesting questions…

“What if we understood down to the marrow of our bones that His is the only plan that really does end up prospering us?

What if we really believed Jesus when He said that those who insist on finding their own lives will lose them and those who lose them for His sake will find them (see Matt 16:25)?

What if we really believed that, if we seek God’s kingdom and His righteousness, everything else of true value would be given to us, too (see Matt 6:33)?

What if we really believed that, “He did not even spare His own Son but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with him grant us everything” (Rom 8:32)?

What if we really believed that “godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Tim 4:8 NASB)?

What if we really believed that God is not only great, He is good?”

(Beth Moore, James, Mercy Triumphs, Page 153)

These are some very thought-provoking questions. Try substituting the ‘What if we really believed that…’ with ‘Do I believe that…’

Then, lets take the questioning a step further, … not answering with words, but rather with an inventory of our past actions ie Does what we do line up with what we say we believe?

Please understand my intention is not to bring condemnation, but rather to encourage us (definitely me too), to pause and consider how we are travelling with ‘living with Jesus as Lord of our lives.’

There is always room for improvement, an area in our lives that the Holy Spirit wants to help us with – greater trust, quicker obedience, greater evidence of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, just to name a few.

So today, let’s determine to let God have His way in our life, helping us to keep ‘the main thing, the main thing’ as He alone knows what tomorrow will bring.

Wendy Robinson
 

I have a background of working in the corporate sphere, however the past 8 years of living with a child with cancer have impacted me greatly, and have led to me to regularly write and speaking about this horrendously challenging journey. Many of the things I've learnt can be applied to any challenge we face in life, not just cancer. In 2018 I published a book about some of our journey of living with a child with cancer - Childhood Cancer - A survival guide for parents - written by a parent. It includes the practical strategies, tips and checklists we used to during this period to help our family survive this season. More information about my book is available on https://childhoodcancerparentsguide.com If you are planning an event and are looking for a speaker on any of the following topics, please contact me at wendy@wendyrobinson.com.au Living with a child with cancer – strategies for making it through Siblings – helping them thrive when they have a sibling with special needs Marriage – keeping your marriage going during the crisis and then when you are an on-going primary carer Caring for the carer – coping with depression and strategies for good mental health Rehabilitation – strategies for helping a young child requiring physical rehabilitation Writing as therapy – steps for writing your story Building resilience - Adversity is a good teacher – for us and our children Spirituality – where is God when the tough times come Corporate / Business Background For the past 16 years I have worked at Newsletter House in a management capacity, including helping navigate the business through the economic challenges of being a small business hit by the GFC. Prior to August 2003 the majority of my experience was in project-related roles in the banking sector. Particularly project planning, process improvement and project office roles.

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