A striking realization came to me while cleaning the house which i finished doing by almost four in the morning (or was it typical of an “OC” person?).
After coming from several early Christmas parties and being blessed to hear inspiring testimonies from different people, it left me with quite a few questions which were eventually being answered to me while contemplating on decorating our home for the coming festivities.
Indeed, we are called to be bold and specific with our prayers. We can stretch out our requests to a higher level that only a powerful hand can do, thus making our testimonies “not about what WE CAN do” but “what GOD CAN do”.
That’s why there’s also wisdom. Surely our Father can give more… but only to the level that will be of real benefit us. We have to remember that we are blessed according to His purposes for our life.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Proverbs 4:6-7
Ask those who have been successful on the sacrifices they have to make only to find their way to where they are right now. They try to learn, they cut down their expenses and think of cheaper alternatives, they check their lifestyle and live simply, they TRUST God. Yet we don’t find the wisdom in small challenges like an unapproved leave, disapproved visa applications, denied request for loans, and delayed salary increments.
Wisdom will tell us that we can’t be praying for savings yet include a lot of travels and other expenses on our faith goals. Then we pray for promotion to counter it. We can’t also ask for blessings on one hand but we can’t release forgiveness on the other. I was reminded of what one of my mentor said that most of the things the bible teaches us really are “commonsense”.
Then we have to revisit our goals and see if there’s any sense on it and ultimately ask ourselves… will it lead us to our purpose or end objective after the year 2017. More importantly, will these goals make us a better person and an inspiration to others? Will it bring glory to the provider or will it only make us a proud recipient?
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
Lastly, have we been grateful? Blessing is an effect and the cause is based on the position of our heart.