‘Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us’
Can our personal ambitions ever be as ambitious as those that God has for us? I think we sometimes have an image of God as someone who’s ‘been there and done that’. An old guy with long white flowing hair and beard from the ‘old times’. Not someone we can relate to. But He is not separate from us. The Holy Spirit dwells in us (when asked for through prayer) so He is in us. However, if He is not then any ambition we have might be fruitless because its not of Him and maybe not that ambitious at all! Spending 5 years working toward a promotion may seem like a huge ambition, and there’s nothing wrong with working hard to get there but with God’s guidance who knows what ambitious plans he has instead? And that’s the thing. Not knowing. It’s the hardest part because God only lights the path a few steps in front of us, the rest is based on our faith. But when we take into our own hands we have the full beam on. The path clearly lit all the way to the destination where the word SUCCESS! is brightly lit with fireworks going off around it! At least that’s what we see. It may well end spelling something different if it’s not on God’s path. I’m not suggesting it will be a path to destruction. It may well be fine but perhaps an uphill struggle? Against the wind? A feeling that you’re fighting against something? We’ve all felt that. The times that I’ve switched the full beam off it’s felt easier. More freedom with the wind behind me. It can start with a prayer. A simple request to God to guide us in our work and careers, to make the right choices and have the right ambitions. To glorify Him. Then it’s all in his hands. It’s so much easier when you let someone else do the work!
‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth’
I only ever realize how human I am when I compare what I have to create to what God created. I occasionally get overwhelmed when I think too much about what I need to get done by the end of April. It’s a lot. I’m in the middle of the biggest thing I’ve ever taken on in my entire career. But, the good news is I have God on my side. The one who created the universe and everything else in 6 days. The one that designed all those intricate colors on the wings of a butterfly. It’s impossible to try to describe what He did. It doesn’t sound like He was too panicked by it either. Not if the Bible is anything to go by – ‘God made two great lights – the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars’.By the way, he also made the stars!
Compared to me, ‘And on Friday Andrew stared out of the window all day not being able to think of anything and if he did, it was rubbish’.So, we need God. It’s why we’re human. We can’t do what He can do alone. We need Him in us. Can I get 12 TV commercials and a 100 other things done by the end of April? No, but He can. What can He help you get done?
Pray with me
‘Heavenly Father, You’re the greatest designer and creator. You have blessed this earth with many talented and gifted people but they all fall short compared to you. Compared to what you have done and will always do. Help us to be thankful for you, always’ – Amen!