“Many people say, “Who will show us better times?” Let your face smile on us, Lord. You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.”
Saw this awesome picture God created when I was on the road today. His face literally shining on us! Stinkin crazy!
Think on this today:
The One who makes that picture happen, is the One who loves us, cares for us, fights for us, and fulfills our every need.
I could write all day about how awesome, capable and powerful God is but just think on that and live in the peace, comfort and confidence that comes in knowing God, having full access to God, and having this same God who created that, love you!
Shortest Gold ever because what else can be said about Him that He isn’t already showing us!?!?!!!
I love you but God loves you way more!!! Happy Friyay everyone!
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”
Do you ever wonder if it’s worth it? The work you do at your 9-5 job? The way you serve your loved ones or others around you? So often we can find ourselves doing the right things but seeing no results for our efforts. That’s hard to deal with. Hard to keep moving forward and doing those “good things,” day in and day out.
This verse from Galatians is a call to consistency in our lives, a call to not giving up. Consistency is not just doing “good” when we feel like it, or when the “timing” is right, consistency is a daily showing up, and putting in the work. No matter how you feel, no matter what your boss says, what your co-workers are doing or think of you, no matter what the obstacles, show up today and put in the work. Then show up tomorrow and the next day and continue to do the things that God has placed in front of you with an enthusiasm and passion that only He can fuel. Consistency doesn’t begin “one day” when you’re at the right place or at the right time, consistency starts TODAY!!!
Quick results and fast rewards only come at drive thru windows these days. The results that last, that comes from a daily living of how God has called us to, when you choose to do “good,” to live for God and in His ways over your own or what your surrounding situation calls for, the results is a harvest of habits. Each day you wake up, and do “good,” despite all the resistance you feel pushing against you, is Godly habits being formed that will last you the rest of your life.
You may say, “well my job isn’t that important, what I do there and outside of there seems insignificant, it’s not worth it.”
What if it is worth it? And the truth is you are making your situation an excuse for your lack of effort on a daily basis? I’ve lived there, in the “do the minimum lifestyle,” and I’ve received the minimum results for it. I’ve worked and am still working the insignificant jobs, a grocery store stocker, a warehouse loader at a feed and seed store, I know how easily those thoughts of “it’s not that important,” can creep up daily. But God has shown me that He’s placed me there for a reason, to learn, to be shaped and molded. To not wait for one day when I get that “perfect job,” but to be consistent in doing good today in where He’s placed me and those habits built will be there when the next job comes. Even if it’s stocking a shelf or loading a bag of feed, what I thought would never make a difference, God said; “just keep doing good, don’t give up, I’ll show you it’s worth more than you could ever imagine.”
And like always, this “harvest of blessing” God mentions above, He’s not playing around! In the moments of doing good daily, I couldn’t see the results of it, but after doing good and trusting Him at His Word for months on end, the harvest is here in abundance!!! And it’s bigger than the quick, easy fast food results that are easier to attain. It’s being more prepared for serving Him in whatever door He opens up next and for the rest of my life. It’s built habits and tools that He’s shaped in me that I can use in every area of my life, my marriage, my relationships with others and so much more. It’s made an impact on others around me, influenced them to work in this way God calls us to, where doing the seemingly insignificant daily tasks consistently and good turns into life change in all areas and lifts us up to a standard of MORE because the minimum is no longer enough!
Are you dealing with these same problems and struggles in the situations, people, and jobs God has placed around you? Have you felt that it’s not worth it to go beyond the minimum?
I’m here to tell you today, from watching God work and teach me this lessons the hard way, IT IS MORE WORTH IT than you’ll ever know, until you wake up, show up, and do good today, and the next day and the day after that!!! Give it a shot, see what happens, you’ll see why I challenge you with this today months from now when the harvest of your daily consistency begins to pop up all over your life and others around you!
As the grandson of a Southern Baptist pastor, I’ve been in church as long as I can remember. Despite the early exposure to the Gospel, I didn’t accept Christ as my Lord and Savior until I was 23. Growing up in the Bible belt, it’s easy to take Christianity for granted… Church on Sunday and Wednesday, praying before meals, and saying “We will be praying for you” just seem like things that everyone did. Early on in high school, the false appeal of the world led me away from the Church… and eventually away from Christianity as a whole. I spent years living a very selfish and destructive lifestyle, living for myself and the world. Luckily for me, God didn’t allow for that to be the end of my story. The Lord met me in the middle of my mess, and gave me knew life. Purpose was always something I struggled with. Never feeling like I had a “knack” for anything in particular or a passion to pursue much of anything in life,
I’ve found purpose in Christ. Not only in understanding why I was made and what I’m here to do (Matthew 28:18-20) but also in a very specific way. After months of praying for purpose the Lord made it clear to me that I was to work with youth. The biggest thing I’ve learned and am continually learning is how to be obedient to The Holy Spirit. When The Lord made it clear to me that I was to work with youth, I immediately disqualified myself, and “logic’d” my way out of it…naturally I couldn’t escape the call on my life and started to learn what obedience looks like. A lot of the time it’s hard for us to come to grips with what Christ has led us to, and more often than not if we don’t see the outcome clearly, we disregard what Christ wants us to do all together. Of course, discernment and obedience are something that I continually work on but having a focus on obedience in your relationship with Christ is plain old transformative.
I can tell you with 110% certainty that a life totally surrendered to Christ, is the only way to truly live. (And I know, I’ve searched for meaning in every place you could imagine). Trusting Christ and living fully for Him was and is still the best decision I’ve ever made. That relationship is unlike anything I have or ever will experience, and if you don’t know Christ reach out to myself of the awesome fellas at God Gold, we’d be happy to talk through things with you! Trust me…it’s worth it!
What changes when you stop reading the Bible like any other book and start reading it as a conversation? What changes when the time you spend with Jesus isn’t just something you do, it’s a relationship you invest in?
‘On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, ‘
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.”