11 Oct A Proactive Faith
Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Thought for the Day: Today, I will consistently pray to God.
When we live reactively, we let the circumstances of our lives set our agenda. Living reactively is like driving down the road, noticing that an accident has caused delays, and then choosing how to best proceed. There are certainly times we have to live reactively… but the best choices are made proactively. When we are proactive, we use available resources to make the best possible decisions. Instead of figuring out what to do next when an accident causes delays, we can live proactively by looking on Waze before we even leave the driveway.
How often do we say “I’ve got this big decision” and decide that it’s finally time to consult God for guidance and clarity? While it is always helpful to bring our concerns to God, when we are not careful, we will find that we only live reactive prayer lives. Instead, let’s remember the words of the Apostle Paul as he wrote to the Thessalonians: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” In other words, the Apostle Paul invites us to live proactively!
Keeping this in mind, let’s apply Paul’s advice and check in with God throughout the day (“pray without ceasing”). Rather than simply turning to God when we face challenges, let’s live out a proactive faith and ask for guidance before we even begin. While we are part of a very reactive society, we have an opportunity as Christians to live differently. Today, let’s acknowledge the times when are reactive and instead pray for the strength to live proactively!
Pastors Stan and David