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Friday, May 25, 2012

Good, Better, Best...

Today, sitting at my desk at work, I ran across a funny note a co-worker left for me a while back.  It read, "get it together!" 

I so want to "get it together!"   Since we last talked, my family has suffered much loss.  Dear husband and I both lost our dads within 2 months of each other.  My dad had a long hospital stay and DH's dad went quickly, just over a couple of days.  You never think you will EVER pray for someone you love so much to die but there is a time of suffering that brings those kind of prayers.  Ecclesiastes 3:2 tells us that there is a time to be born and a time to die.  It was time.  That time will come to us all (unless you are my mom who says she's not dieing, she's going in the rapture). 

How do you get it together?  I asked a dear friend and Christian counselor once would I ever get it together, handle my life the way I really want?  His answer, "Are you doing life better today than you did last year?  Can you see progress?  You have a lifetime to work on it and then when this life is over and you are living with Jesus, it will be all made perfect."  Good answer! 

Oswald Chambers writes, "The greatest enemy of the life of faith in God is not sin, but good choices which are not quite good enough.  The good is always the enemy of the best."  We're not talking perfection here, we're talking doing this good thing and not waiting on God to reveal His best.  I want God's best!  Don't you?  Watching my dad live those last months of his life, reminded me that there are some things in life that really matter when we get to the end and a lot of things that don't amount to a hill of beans as my sweet Papaw would say.  I'm trying to not loose focus on that as I run this race called life. 

One of the wonderful things I spend time on is women's ministry.  I LOVE women's ministry.  Often we wonder how we will know when we are serving God in our calling, and I can honestly say,  you know.  I'm right where God wants me right now.  I don't really understand His timing sometimes.  It seems to me it would have been much easier before I was working full-time outside our home, but....God. 

Good, better, best.  How do we decide?  If you're trying without the leading of the Holy Spirit, then expect lots of side trips.  He is the giver of direction.  We need Him!  Proverbs 16:12 says, "We make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps."  Solomon also says in Proverbs 16:3, "Commit your work to the LORD and then your plans will succeed." 

Good, better, best, Lord, help us decide.

Until we visit again...
Live blessed!
Carmen

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