How do you make big decisions in your life? I’m not talking about what clothes to wear or food to eat, I’m talking about BIG decisions like should I marry that girl or buy a new truck or take my company in this or that direction type of BIG decisions.
In our house, if we are going to spend big dollars on something, it will go through a round of discussions before we decide one way or the other. My wife is the greatest sounding board I have when it comes to these types of decisions. Yes, I’m ultimately responsible, but would never consider making any big decision without her input. She has a very keen level of discernment I see in only a few other people in my life. When I’m looking at life through rose colored glasses, she helps me see things clearly.
Every year the school I attended hosted a talent contest. It had categories that ranged from model car building to singing and just about everything in between. One year a friend and I decided we would enter the singing contest. We would bring our own rendition of the national anthem. We found an empty class room and started belting out the anthem.
We were doing a bang up job of singing (poorly mind you) when a student appeared at the door wondering exactly what was going on. His teacher had sent him from the adjacent room to see if we could tone it down a little! We had both forgotten how thin the walls where and how our voices would carry into the surrounding class rooms.
Our Enemy is full of convincing accusations about who we are and what we’re made of. Why we’re not good enough today, and why we won’t be good enough tomorrow, either. He hangs our shame in front of our face, trying to drown out the identity Jesus has given us as believers. How do we know what voice to listen to? In part four of our series Crash the Chatterbox, Pastor Steven shows us how to look beyond the shame of our sin that blocks us from the freedom of God’s promises.
I could easily title this devotional part 2 from yesterdays writing.
If I have faith in the Lord’s plan for my life, then I see everything through His eyes. What trouble could come my way that it would not be part of where He is taking me on our journey together and not be for my ultimate good?
A person of faith has to be the devils biggest enemies. Honestly, if I trust in the Lord, whom shall I fear? Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?
On our way home from a recent trip, I was expressing to Joanne that I felt we needed a building to house our equipment. Later that afternoon, she found a place not far from the house for sale. We rode by the property and looked at it from the fence, it appeared to be the perfect building that would fit all of our needs. The criteria, it must have at least 13 foot high doors and be 40 feet deep for the big motorhome to fit inside. From the fence it looked like it would work.
I contacted the realtor and asked about the property. He said the bank had just dropped the price $19,000. I asked about the door height, he was uncertain. We set up a time to see the property after returning from our next event. Our minds raced with the possibilities of what we could do if we could purchase this place. My fleece was the height of the doors, if it was under 13 feet, then it simply would not work. The minimum clearance for the big motorhome is 12 feet 6 inches.