We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Lindsey Strickler.

 

Bible Reading:

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Ephesians 2:10

Word:

Today we published a podcast interview with Masters Games Athlete, Laura Neilsen, on the FAITH + FITNESS Podcast. We hear about her experience this year getting to compete after qualifying last year and having the opportunity to compete at the Games taken away by COVID.

 

God has given her incredible athletic gifts to both compete, but also to coach. It’s encouraging to hear how God took her shattered dreams from her childhood and later in life turned them into a beautiful opportunity.

 

We don’t get to see the big picture, and when we face adversity, or the reality that our idea of what we want for our lives may not come true, it’s easy to resent God. It’s easy to lose site of the truth that he created us for something good. You were created for something good, something that you may not even know is a reality or possibility yet.

 

Remain faithful, remain persistent, remain hopeful even when it’s hard to. James 1:2-6 says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”

 

We have a choice, will we count these frustrating seasons as joy, or will we choose to wallow in resentment? There is something good on the other side. Thankfully, those verses tell us what we can do next. We can ask God for the wisdom we lack. If you’re reading this and going, “I don’t have that perspective and I can’t get there,” then ask God to redeem your perspective. Don’t try and do it on your strength. He gives his wisdom generously to those who ask… so ask.

 

 

Prayer:

Father, help me to see that your definition of “Good” is the best definition. You can see the big picture that I can’t. I lack the wisdom to count it all joy right now. Please give me the wisdom and eyes I need to see my situation as you see it. You created me for good works. Help me live those out. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

 

Skillwork:

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