This weekend I led large group for our Jr. High students. An area, I NEVER EVER in a million gazillion years ever thought I would be apart of. But there was a need and I never pass up an opportunity to talk about God, even if I feel overwhelmed by the task.
This weekend we talked about living the good life. We defined what living the good life means and how sometimes God has a plan for what our good life looks like and it’s much different than what we have planned.
I think over time our definition of ‘the good life’ changes. As a teen my idea would have been very materialistic. Today, there are still parts that are materialistic but I think about the ways I’ve changed since becoming a parent. In the early years with Danny, I expected big elaborate gifts because I wanted to be spoiled and showered with love and gifts for my birthday. Heck, I would take the day off work because I wanted to be on my own schedule, not someone else’s, doing whatever it was I wanted for that day. Today, I still expect gifts (I mean, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I at least wanted flowers!) but I tell my kids each year for my birthday and Christmas, I just want hugs and kisses from them. And it’s true. That totally fills my bucket! To me, love from my kids is living the good life.
That is our simple human definition though. What is God’s definition? What would God say is living the good life? Let’s first define, what is good? How can we know what the good life is if we don’t know what good is?
God is the definition and standard of good. His righteousness is goodness. We know what is not good because we can confidently know what is good.
When we make choices, we know that with each choice there will be an outcome. Based upon that choice, the outcome is either a pleasant one or one of consequence. Talking with the kids, we talked about how sometimes we make a choice that leads us down one path but are also faced with the option of going down a different path. Essentially path A and path B.
Proverbs 3:5-6 tell us, Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do and He will show you which path to take.
When we seek Gods will and we ask for wisdom and guidance, God shows us the path. But how do we know if it’s from God? I told the kids, God is not going to be some thundering voice that you’ll hear coming from the sky saying ‘Cassie! Choose path B!!’ But what He will do is give us coincidences. God might be leading us to path B and show us by closing doors to path A or making the decision to choose path A a tough one because maybe it costs too much money, the ride there didn’t show up or it’s at a time that doesn’t work for our schedule. He might also bring people into our lives to speak into what we’re going through. We might get a text from a friend about path B just at the time we were thinking about what decision to make. If it’s a clear plan from God then it will be a clear path to God. Sometimes He makes it crazy obvious.
Proverbs 3:5 tells us, do not depend on your own understanding… why? Because our lusts and desires for this of this world will fail us. They just will. For example, I struggle focusing on this blog as much as I’d like because I fill my extra time with watching Food Network or zoning out to Facebook. When we go after what is OUR want and not God’s want, the outcome might work for a little while. You might feel like you’re living the good life but at the end of the day, there is peace and true joy that only God can give, missing for your life.
How can you seek God’s will? A good start is reading His Word if you’re not already. You cannot know someone you don’t spend time with. Start looking for coincidences in your day that point to the path God is leading you towards.