Worship is a tricky subject. When we hear “worship”, our first thought is normally church music. If you grew up in a traditional church, worship means something wildly different than it does if you’re from a modern church, or a charismatic, “shout as loud as you can” church. Everyone has a style preference and opinion.
The number one question I hear from the folks that write me, calme l, text me or seek my counsel is “WHAT SHOULD I DO, OR WHERE SHOULD I GO?”
I’m more confident than ever that the Divine doesn’t play hide and seek with His design and destination for your life. The challenge seems to be in the hearing AND answering of His voice. Before you check out on me, know this. What I am writing about is written from a first-hand experience.
There are many abilities that become a big deal in college. For instance…
– Affordability: the reason you eat fish taco’s from a gas station.
– Flexibility: learning the art of turning a 15-minute break into a “power nap.”
– Wearability: judgement call on getting one more use out of an outfit before you HAVE to do laundry. (usually involves turning something inside out)
All joking aside, there a number of things you learn to do in college, that will set you up for success the rest of your life. Of all the many “abilities” that are useful in college, perhaps the most legit beneficial ability to incorporate into the college experience is ACCOUNTABILITY. Accountability is defined as “responsibility, liability, answerability.” It is the encouragement, support, correction and discipline provided by an intentional and meaningful relationship.
Here’s today’s idea: Instead of trying to fit God into your plans, discover His plans and fit your life into them.
One of the biggest temptations we fall into is trusting God with the big stuff in our lives while trying the handle the details ourselves. We tend to live from big event to big event. The problem with this kind of living is that you never grow up spiritually. You remain spiritually immature.
The secret of growing up spiritually is trusting God with the details of your life.
Have you ever been blindfolded? Maybe you were blindfolded while playing a game at youth group, or a friend’s birthday party as a kid. Being blindfolded is hard because you can hear everyone, but you can’t see what’s going on. This can lead you to trip over a chair or run into a friend simply because you can’t see where you’re going. It’s like pinning the tail on the donkey. If you aren’t careful, you might pin the tail on your date!
Have you ever thought about the fact that a lot of college students approach dating blindfolded? Many people are into dating just for the fun. They might take the time to get to know the person they’re dating. They just assume since the person they’re dating is good looking and gives them goosebumps, the relationship is meant to be. Before they know it, they’ve jumped wholeheartedly into a relationship with someone they hardly know. Dating blindfolded like this can bring disastrous results.
Jesus says that an essential part of loving God is with our minds. What that means is when you begin to really think about honoring God with your mind, education take on a whole new significance. It becomes valuable. It becomes important. If for no other reason, because Jesus said so.
So how do you do it? I’m by no means an expert at this, but I have committed to grow in this area. Here are a few tips I’d give.