Have you ever heard the following exchange between two people:
Person 1: God is good...
Person 2: All the time. And all the time…
Person 1: God is good.
Sort of makes you stop and think for a moment.
We have no problem seeing God’s goodness when things are going good for us. When there’s money to spare in the bank, when everyone in the family is healthy, when the job situation is secure...it’s easy to have faith in God’s goodness.
But what about when there’s nothing in the bank? What about when family members are not healthy? What about when the job situation is shaky at best and non-existent at worst?
When we are faced with a seemingly insurmountable obstacle, how easy is it to say: “God is good all the time; and all the time, God is good?”
What about when, say, a job situation presents itself and it seems like a great opportunity...but then things fall through and suddenly you find yourself without income? What about when you have to accept temporary employment because the job you really want keeps being just out of your reach?
When things are not just exactly as you want them to be, do you find yourself questioning God’s goodness? Do you, maybe, even take it a step further and question God’s existence?
God never promised us that following Him would be a “rose garden.” In fact, quite the opposite. In 2 Timothy 3:12, Paul tells Timothy, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” (ESV)
So when you are facing trials and tribulations and you find yourself questioning God’s goodness, just remember those trials are there because you are God’s child...and Satan doesn’t like that one bit.
Also remember: “God is good all the time; and all the time, God is good!”
Some commercials are really dumb. Even some of the commercials in recent big time sporting events that cost multi-millions of dollars for a 30 second spot are just, well, dumb.
But have you ever seen a commercial on television (or on line) that really made you think? I believe we all have...those advertising executives do know what they are doing: well, some of the time anyway!
Recently there is a series of commercials that caught my eye. They start with the camera on a person’s feet in the water or sand (like they are at a beach or pool) and, as the camera pans out, you hear a voice say: “Vacation is just a state of mind.” Then the camera reveals the sand or water was in a child’s wading pool and they are really on a rooftop in the city at a company party...or something like that.
The point of these commercials is that by using their product (which I don’t recommend, by the way), you can feel like you are on vacation anywhere.
The point I would like to make is that the mind is a very powerful part of your body. The state of our mind will, in a very real way, determine how we view something: good or bad, positive or negative.
And I believe this is a Biblical way of expressing the power of the mind. In Philippians 4:12, Paul puts it this way:
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
So, how does he do it? How does Paul manage to be content in any and every situation? How has he trained his mind to be so powerful?
He tells us in Philippians 4:13: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
God created your mind. God gave you the ability to use your mind. So when you have to face something hard in your life, remember “It’s just a state of mind” and that YOU “can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.”
Math was never my strongest subject. So if someone could do the math and figure this out, I would sure appreciate it.
Last week at camp, according to the health app on my phone, I walked a grand total of 34.8 miles. I took 83,920 total steps. And climbed the equivalent of 173 flights of stairs.
So for the six days I was at Green Valley, that averages out to 5.8 miles, 13,995 steps and 28.8 flights of stairs per day. I’m tired all over again just looking at those numbers.
I did not overeat while there...I did not get seconds at any meal. I also did not over indulge at the canteen (mostly bought “sports drinks” and maybe a candy bar a day).
You would think that I would have lost several pounds while on the GVBC diet and fitness plan. Yet when I got home, I had GAINED about 2 pounds!
Needless to say, I am a little bummed about this. I usually count on Green Valley to jump start my weight loss in preparation for my annual wellness visit with my doctor in the fall.
So how do we deal with things that bum us out? What do we do when we do not get the desired results? What do we do when we fail to achieve a goal? How do we handle discouragement?
Do we give up? Do we figure there’s no point? Do we cry out in despair? Do we get mad? Do we question God’s love for us?
Of course not! We get up, dust ourselves off, and keep plugging away. Perhaps we try to find something positive in that failure that will help us in the future. We prayerfully set a new goal and set about trying to achieve it.
I still have hope that by my wellness visit I will drop 15-20 pounds. I’m just going to assume that I gained 2 pounds of muscle last week...yeah...that’s it...see, I feel better already!