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Avoid Compartmentalizing God to the Difficult Times

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Jeremiah 33:3 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we can sometimes compartmentalize God.

Early on in my spiritual walk, I would often seek God for whatever pressing matter I was dealing with at the time. If I had a problem with my career, I’d turn to Him. If I was struggling with my finances, I’d turn to Him. If I had an issue in my marriage, I’d turn to Him.

In other words, I was turning to God in difficult times, which was good. Yet what I’ve learned is that rather than compartmentalizing God to the problem of the day, I need to strive to keep Him at the center of all things in my life, good and bad.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I see this is exactly how Daniel lived. In fact, Daniel even had a method to accomplishing this. He would dedicate a certain place and time each day to praying and meditating.

Daniel teaches us that talking with God in the same place and at the same time every day will help us keep God at the center of our lives instead of simply compartmentalizing Him to our next crisis.

If you don’t already have a dedicated place and time to worship, the Lent season is the perfect time to begin this practice. If you engaged in this practice at one time and need to resume it, this is the perfect time as well.

As you identify your new place and time, remember these words: “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3 (ESV)

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So today, make God the center of all things in your life.

B Moments, will

Press Toward the Center of God’s Will

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Romans 12:2 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how the safest place to be is in the center of God’s will.

We are wrapping up our series on the distinction between an adventure and a quest. If you’ve been listening, you’ll remember that an adventure is about you while a quest is about something greater than yourself, where your journey leads you to helping others and you are redefined in the process.

Sometimes we resist embarking upon a quest because we are fearful. This reminds me of one woman’s account of being in the center of God’s will. The woman runs a nonprofit here in Chicago where she works with children who live in some of Chicago’s most at-risk neighborhoods.

Once, I heard an interview with the woman where she was asked whether she was frightened to serve in at-risk neighborhoods. Her response had such a profound impact on me that I will never forget it.

She said that she knew deep in her heart that God had called her to do this work and that as long as she stayed in the center of His will, she felt safe and protected. In other words, the safest, most fulfilling, most rewarding place for her was in the center of what He was calling her to do.

What do you believe God is calling you toward today but you haven’t fully committed to? Instead of being in the center of His will, you may still be dancing around the edge. Yet the closer you move to the center of what He is calling you to do, the closer you’ll be to the most rewarding place.

Be encouraged to move from the outskirts and closer to the center as you cling to these words: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” Romans 12:2 (ESV)

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So today, keep pressing toward that center.

B Moment, center

Stay in the Center of God’s Will

B Moment, center

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Romans 12:2 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about what it means to stay in the center of God’s will.

A short time ago, I heard a woman being interviewed about her experience mentoring kids. She had started an after-school program for kids living in some of Chicago’s at-risk neighborhoods, and she was explaining her work to one of the interviewers.

One of the topics the interviewers touched on was whether or not she was sometimes afraid to go into these dangerous neighborhoods. However, she answered that she knew, deep in her heart, that God called her to the work, and her work was God’s will for her life.

She told the interviewers that as long as she stayed in the center of His will, she felt safe and protected.

I am also reminded on this Good Friday about how Christ faced being in God’s will, even with some of the most difficult challenges. For example, he was on a journey with the disciples, and they were trying to encourage him to eat.

However, he let them know that he had food they didn’t know about. He told them that his nourishment came from doing the will of God, and from finishing God’s work.

It is clear that God will sometimes put us in circumstances that are not always easy because accomplishing His will is not always easy. Yet the call is upon us to do His work and to finish His work.

So on this Friday, let’s celebrate and be grateful that Christ finished his assignment, and be inspired by these words: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” Romans 12:2 (ESV)

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So today, allow your mind and heart to stay in the center of God’s will, despite how difficult it sometimes may be.