Ministry Tip of the Week
In all things, the providence of the Father reigns supreme. "We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28). Yet, how quickly we forget this and seek to control. This deceptive desire for control - ever so tempting - leaves us groping for our version of perfection, constantly struck down by disappointment when things don't work out, and (often, without even knowing it) distancing ourselves from the loving care of our heavenly Father.
But life is not in our control, and nothing we do will ever be perfect. Embrace these realities and two new experiences emerge. First of all, we begin to see the imperfections of life as constant reminders that this world is not our home. We are strangers and sojourners in this life (1 Peter 2:11), and we're destined for a heavenly homeland where all true perfection is attained. Second, we're able to watch God work. "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us" (2 Corinthians 4:7); for it's not in spite of our weaknesses and imperfections, but through them, that his saving power is made known.
Again and again, I have these experiences. Everything goes wrong, and amazing fruit is the result. Or, I'm agonizing over something I wish I had said better (or not at all), when someone comes up and thanks me for that very thing. It's just true, God is writing straight with our crooked lines. As a friend told me recently, the Spirit fills in the gaps.
It will never be perfect. Do it anyway and be joyful. Don't be afraid to fail and watch what God can do in your life. Worldly anxiety and unhealthy stress is for heathens.