Life At Its Best: Experience multiplied blessings
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By Jim Graff
As a boy, I was very inquisitive. In fact, I'm pretty sure my first words were, "who," "what," "when," "where" and "why." You can bet my mother was ready for me to grow out of that stage - if only it was a stage.
See, as an adult, I'm still just as curious. I love learning by inquiring. But of all the great, philosophically-challenging questions I can come up with, do you know what has proven to teach and inspire me the most? It's this: "What if?"
Pretty deep, huh? But just take a moment to ask yourself that question, and I'm sure you'll agree.
Ask: What if I could wake up every morning feeling completely satisfied? What if my relationships suddenly became more intimate, strengthening and supportive? What if I had more energy than errands, more time than tasks and more opportunity than obligation? What if?
See what I mean? Ok, now it's my turn to ask you a question. Why not? God's the one who put those desires in your heart, so why shouldn't you see them fulfilled? He wants not only to bless you but to multiply those blessings beyond anything you could fathom.
"How," you ask? Here's how. It's found in Matthew 6:33 which says, "Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
The key to receiving God's immeasurable blessings is that simple. Put him first in everything you do, and he'll see to it that your "what ifs" - those dreams he has placed in your heart - become a reality.
Now, I need to make a confession. Asking this question hasn't always inspired me. In fact, there were many times it discouraged me more than anything. But do you know why?
It's because I was approaching it from the wrong perspective. I was asking it because of discouragement about my current conditions rather than confidence in the amazing future God had planned.
It reminds me of the first time I took my son, Michael, to Six Flags in San Antonio. The first stop we made was the spinning swings, and Michael couldn't get enough of it. If I'd have let him, we would've stayed at that one ride the entire day.
But Michael didn't know that I had greater things planned for that trip. There was so much more I wanted him to experience - cotton candy, roller coasters, the water park - but he had to trust me. He had to put my plans above what he wanted.
It's the same way with God. He has so many amazing plans for your life that I couldn't describe them in this 500-word piece if I tried.
So, I'll keep it at what I know: If you'll trust God by putting him first and keep your thoughts on the tomorrows he has planned, you'll see your what if's become remember when's.
Your dreams aren't too difficult for God. So trust him and watch what he can do.
Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria, TX. www.faithfamily.com.