Some tell us to look for a divine "blueprint" - the one perfect plan for our lives that we need to find. Others have rejected the blueprint school of guidance in favor of the "wisdom school".
The difficulty with both approaches is that they minimize the presence and voice of God in times of choice.
Author and Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman says that we essentially have two brains. A fast one and a slow one. Or, put another way, a lazy one and an active one. In his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, he explains the research that proves his theory.
Over our lifetimes, according to Dr. Kahneman, we develop short cuts in our brain to help us cope and make decisions more quickly and - many times, but not always - more accurately. Our brain combines our life experiences, our knowledge and our preferences into a decision framework to ease and speed up our decision making.
If we can't know or understand why God acts, how are we supposed to react when he does? How are we supposed to trust a God we can't understand or comprehend?
br>One of the core principles of Christian belief is we are to serve others both inside and outside of the church; especially orphans, widows and the poor. If we purposefully take action and embed this belief into our life, it will become part of our family’s DNA. It will pull our focus off ourselves and place it where Jesus says it should be – on God and on others.
There are (at least) 13 benefits of serving others according to scripture.
They gave us the most precious gift anyone has ever given us and it's time to thank them for it.
- We’re too busy.
- We’re overwhelmed by all the bad news and negative things happening around us.
- It will come off as weak to our friends, co-workers, etc.
In its simplest form, being righteous is being right before God. And righteousness is acting in ways that are Godly.
Handling conflict in a Godly way means we keep God's end goal of redeeming the world in mind while we struggle to respond in a Spirit-led way to the situation at hand. There is no easy answer because conflict is tough on everyone involved, but these 3 Ps give us the maximum opportunity to be God's light in a dark situation.
- The righteous are delivered from death (v4). On the day of judgment, the righteous need not fear.
- Righteousness makes your path straight (v5). The Lord guides your steps.
I think we've lost our bearings as a country and as a people. It seems our goals in life can be reduced to two basic things:
Maybe you have treasured memories of your dad as you grew up. Memories of him playing with you, spending time with you or protecting and caring for you in other ways. I don't have many memories like that. Just a couple of them, actually. The memories I have of my dad are more sobering; more disappointing.