My Father makes my life an adventure at times, for lack of a better term. The adventure gives me a sense of excitement and anticipation. Many times the things that are unknown to me are not frightening because God is with me, and because I am sure He is there, I can take certain risks that can only grow my faith.
“If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.” (Psalm 139:9-10)
It may be slight or seemingly insignificant, but every personal interaction I have today will persuade or affect another in some way. It may cause them to be happier, kinder or calmer, and if I tip the scales in the right direction then I have succeeded in making a positive difference in the world. This is a part of the adventure that I strive for in His name.
“This one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God.” (Phillipians 3:13-14)
The failures of yesterday could haunt me forever, but in His mercy I have been given the gift of a very hopeful tomorrow, not to mention a wonderful today! Second chances, clean slates, lessons learned and opportunities for new adventures are all gifts from Him who watches over me. I have hopefully learned from the pain of the past. When I see others who suffer the same, I pray to be a minister of mercy. I encourage them to leave the past mistakes behind and to walk with peace and confidence toward the future!
The confidence is not always strong, but it is strong when I remember that God stands behind me. The tyranny of injustice and evil are ever opposed by God, and so must they be by me. He is with me as I am merciful as well and proclaim His justice. Self-confidence is something that all of us in one stage or another of dual diagnosis therapy struggle with on a daily basis. Growing our faith and making it stick are wonderful things to seek, but there is definitely a “hit and miss” period, especially early on. It is most important not to be discouraged because after all, the ultimate goal is to help and serve God with these beautiful gifts.
To receive truth, we must be willing to face a certain reality, which includes not only facing the past, but also embracing it as something that has shaped us into who we are today. We must boldly and diligently walk the walk of truth and humbly accept the gift of His presence in our daily adventures! In Jesus’ name!! Amen.
“When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth.” (John 16:13)