Thoughts for the Week

Archive for May, 2012

Do Your Best

“Eh, that’s good enough.”

How often have you said or thought that? I know I have several times. It’s very tempting to complete tasks and projects as quickly and effortlessly as possible.

However, an attitude of minimalism can easily seep into our lives. Tasks are easier now. Many times I’ve stumbled across harder work, and struggled with putting a lot of effort into it.

One day, my professor in college noticed a dip in our classes’ grades. Our writing assignments were getting sloppy; he found several mistakes and spelling errors. He lectured one day and pointed it out. He was disappointed and showed us a verse.

“If an animal has a defect, is lame or blind, or has any serious flaw, you must not sacrifice it to the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 15:21 NIV).

He then explained that our work, our lives, anything we do, should be like a sacrifice for the Lord (Col. 3:17). We should work hard at what we do, and do it to the best of our abilities. Because what we’re doing, no matter how big or small, is for the Lord.

Even if the task is hard, God will be pleased if we give it to Him, and do our best.

Copyright 2012 by Molly Anderson. Use by permission only.

Dealing with Doubt

Doubt is one feeling that causes untold shame.

You want to believe something, but…that feeling keeps niggling in the back of your mind. Can I trust her? Will this work? I don’t think I’m strong enough.

When you doubt (because you will at some point), sometimes you feel guilty. Perhaps it is the truth, but you can’t shake the feeling that weighs you down.

Sometimes, you’re worried about sharing your doubt with others, afraid they might ridicule you for your unbelief.

But let’s face it, everyone doubts. You doubt whether or not your life is going in the right direction, whether or not dear friends can be trusted, or even if God exists.

Don’t be afraid. Share these feelings with God. John Baptist, the one who baptized Jesus and saw the light and voice from heaven even doubted Jesus.

When he was imprisoned, John sent messengers to Jesus, asking him “‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” (Luke 7:20 NIV)

By this time, Jesus had healed many diseases, and even raised someone to life. John knew and had seen some amazing things. Jesus had every right to say something like “Of course I’m the one’s who’s to come! You’ve been preaching about me, and even baptized me. How could you forget?”

But He didn’t.  He replied saying, “The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.  Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me” (7:22-23).

Jesus is much more gentle, and reminds John of all the things He’s done.

Don’t feel ashamed when you doubt. It happens to all of us. Just be open with God, and listen to what He has to say.

Copyright 2012 by Molly Anderson. Use by permission only.

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