Monday, January 1, 2018

New Year, New Opportunities!



Happy New Year!!!


A new year brings new opportunities and new obstacles that I may have never faced before. There is really no way to predict the future outcomes of everything I will experience and there is no guarantee that I will understand why everything occurs. As much as I think I have control over particular outcomes, the truth is that I only have control over how I respond to those outcomes. It becomes easy for me to believe I have control when my actions produce the given result that I expected them to produce. It gives me a sense of assurance that whatever I did, produced the outcome I expected. In 1 Corinthians 3:6-9, Paul is trying to explain to the leadership in Corinth that they have been worldly in their thinking because they have been focused on man rather than on God. He explains to them that even though he is the one who planted the and Apollos was the one who watered it, God is the one who actually made it grow and spread . You see, even though we play a role in the growth and direction of our lives, God is the one who actually exerts control over what happens in our lives. 

We may have a dream to do something in our lives. We all have a specific (or at least a general) direction in which we see our lives going but that doesn’t necessarily mean that will be the direction God is asking us to walk in. Personally, I have wanted to be a basketball coach for a long time and now that I am actually fulfilling that dream I still have to be willing to ask myself, “Is this where God wants me or is he trying to get me to walk in a different direction?” I absolutely love coaching and I love the coaches and athletes I get to work with. It can be a challenge at times, and I get frustrated on a regular basis, but it is a work that I adore because it means so much to me to be in the role that I am in. It would tear me apart to walk away from it at this point but if God made it clear that I needed to step away from it, then I would need to step away from it. If I am going to claim to love God and that he is my absolute and first priority, then I would need to live that out by the actions I take. I can’t allow what I believe is best for me interfere with what is actually best for me. What is actually best for me is to open my eyes and be willing to walk in the direction God is directing me. We may even “water” the dream in order to grow and develop and set ourselves up for the best possible scenario, but if God decides not to let that dream grow, then that dream will not grow. 

That is why we must be so in tune with the Spirit and the direction He wants us to take because He is the one who ultimately decides the direction we take. He will close doors and open others and it’s our responsibility as disciples to utilize our free will to be sure we are following the path God has laid out for us.
So with all that being said, we are all left with a choice: a choice to either follow the path God has laid out for us or to try and make our own way. We are presented with choice every single day, and the choices we make will either pull us away from God or pull us closer to him. So how will you respond?

"I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building."
1 Corinthians 3: 6-9


Have a great start to the year everyone!

Oh and shout to my buddy Shawn for helping me edit on such short notice!!! You are the man!!!