The other day I was in my sister’s room for undisclosed and most likely sinister reasons, and in passing I snatched this book from her shelf. Finding God’s will for my life has been a topic of much pondering lately, and Josh Harris’ introduction cracked me up, so I decided to give it a try. Now, I have a shelf 3′ long full of Spiritual/Inspirations/theology/apologetics type of books, so I really don’t need another book to read right now, but um, let’s just say it’s God’s will for me to be reading this. (If you’ve read this book you should now be giggling by my reference to one type of the meaning will.) I’m only a quarter of the way through, so it’s good. So very, very good. I want to quote everything as facebook statuses. Instead, I thought maybe I’d do a small series of quote-and-discuss posts here. We’ll see how many I actually accomplish.
In chapter 3, he’s discussing why so many Christians are desperate to find God’s will in their lives. In breaking down a number of reasons, he states this:
The… reason some of us seek God’s will of direction is because we are, by nature, quite timid. The entrepreneurial go-getter type may be less inclined to fret over God’s will than the deliberate, cautious type. Some Christians need encouragement to think before they act. Others need encouragement to act after they think… They refuse to make decisions without all the facts and an almost complete assurance that everything will turn out fine… These may be the sort of Christians Paul had in mind when he told the Thessalonians to “Admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.” Some Christians have the best intentions in seeking out God’s will. They are just too cautious and a little fainthearted. Such Christians need admonishing, but they also deserve out patience and help.
Anyone else in the room raising their hand? No? Just me? Come now, let’s be honest. When I read that, I could see my life splattered all over the page. And I’m not trying to beat a dead horse here, but I couldn’t help but think about the difference between myself and my younger sister, the true go-getter. She went and got. And everything scares me unless I’m sure of the outcome, and that’s why I’m where I am in life right now. Not that my life is bad; my life is very good. But it is also full of wonderings and a few what-ifs and a lot of oh-dear-what-nows, etc. So many times I think to myself that I’m comfy and happy, but how do I know that I’m not too comfy and happy, and that I should be out there making leaps of faith and staring eye-to-eye at life’s scary choices.*sigh* See? I need to read this book. So, I’m signing off and diving in for another half hour of reading before bed.