“…Forgetting the past and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I keep trying to reach the goal and get the prize for which God called me through Christ to the life above.”
- Philippians 3:13b-14
They say if you use the word never in a statement about yourself eventually you will do it. ‘I’m never going to…’ ‘I would never…’ ‘That would never…’ Sound familiar?
My latest never didn’t work out so well and I am now living where I never thought I would. I never wanted a dog for my family because I didn’t like them and now, we are raising a puppy in our home. I never thought I could write any type of devotional and I now have a few published and am working on a couple more.
The problem with the word never is that it seems so final to us but for God it’s an opportunity to give us some teachable moments in life. When we allow God in our life to lead, those nevers turn into ‘I trust your leading God’.
Since our move out here I have been able to see God’s hand in our lives and why He wanted us here and the blessings keep overflowing. Before our puppy now, we had rescued a two-year-old dog and my children and myself were blessed with our faithful companion and friend. Our puppy now, too, has filled our home with joy and has stolen my heart. When I allowed God to inspire my writing in the devotional field it opened my mind up to many new things and inspired these ideas in my writings.
Never is such a negative word and snuffs out our flames of opportunity and growth. We may not like certain things or are scared of the things we can’t control but we serve a God who is in control and will take care of us.
Could you imagine what life would be like if God said never. After the flood He could have just said nope, never again will I create people, they are just going to sin again. Or never would I send my Son to such a world where He will be rejected, beaten, and ultimately killed. Or this world will never change, are the people really worth saving?
How sad our lives would be if God never forgave us, never came into our lives, never promised a home with Him. But God’s not like that, God is a God of love and mercy. No matter how far into never we go He will always be by ready to open a new door of opportunity. And with those opportunities, blessings and hope.
So today let’s throw out our nevers and say ‘even if I’m scared, uncertain, or not ready Lord, lead me and help me allow those “nevers” to become “just maybes”. Have a great day.
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