Life At Its Best: Put all aspects of your life in God's hands
It's hard to see purpose in broken things. Tattered toys, kitchen utensils and tools are often thoughtlessly tossed in the trash. We discard them because in their current condition, they seem to have no potential. However, many abandoned objects aren't actually beyond repair. They simply haven't been put in the right hands.
Being a dad has helped me realize this. My kids used to ask me to fix broken toys or dolls. I wasn't the most skilled at working with my hands, but I did my best.
Unfortunately, my efforts usually ended in vain. My kids would kindly take the toy from me (sometimes more battered than when I'd gotten it) and seek help elsewhere.
The next day, I'd see them running around with their newly fixed trinkets. They knew the problem wasn't that their toy was broken beyond repair. It still had value. They just had to get it in the right hands.
That's how God views each of our lives. We sometimes see ourselves as having a situation or even a life that's beyond repair. Poor decisions or painful experiences may have left areas of our life a little tattered. But as my kids learned, broken pieces can always be mended. We just have to put them in the right hands.
In Isaiah 46:4, God promises, "I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you." There's no better place to be than in the hands of our Creator. He knows us better than anyone because He made us. He knows what areas of our life need repair. And if we'll place ourselves in His hands, He'll help us make adjustments that lead to better futures.
To do that, we have to let Him address areas we may not see so clearly. He knows how we need to manage our marriage, family, friendships, career, words, thoughts, time, money and future. We must study His truth to see where our thought patterns stray from His. Then we must actively identify wrong perspectives and obediently submit our ways to His.
The next thing we have to let him address is our doubt. Sometimes, we recognize areas in which we haven't adopted God's ways, but we continue to resist change. Many times, this is because we doubt that His ways really work. But the only way to walk in God's best is to completely trust His truth.
Proverbs 9:10 says, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." To fear the Lord means to recognize that all of His thoughts and ways are superior to ours. We must identify those areas in which His principles challenge our perspective.
Today, I encourage you to discover what aspect of life you struggle to surrender to Him. Fight both deceit and doubt with the truth of God's word. Then, let His disciplines lead you to better life.
Jim Graff is the senior pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. Visit faithfamilyvictoria.com.