How Can I Help You? A 3-Question Survey

Your Input Is Vital to Creating the Best Resources

I mentioned in a previous post that I am preparing a series of posts to help readers through the process of discerning God’s will.

A Compass for Direction

Not a week goes by that I don’t get questions about the topic or meet with Christians who are struggling with various aspects of this issue.

I’ve counseled believers for the last two decades on this issue and learned a lot of lessons the hard way as I worked through my own faith journey. So I’ve given a lot of thought to what I can share that might be helpful to you.

My latest eBook What God Wants You to Do Next and my latest traditional book A Story Worth Telling both begin to unpack direction in this area.

But, candidly, I want to know what you need. How can I best be a help to you? 

The only way to find out is to ask: Would you be willing to complete this 3-question survey?

Take the 3-Question Survey

It will take less than 30 seconds and greatly help to determine the best direction for posts and helpful resources in the months to come.

Feel free to offer more input in the space provided.

Thank you for your help!

9 Ways Truth Causes Faith to Thrive

9 Ways the Word Causes Faith to Thrive

In spite of recent events and rulings by the United States Supreme Court, truth still matters for those seeking to live authentic lives of abundant faith. When our beliefs are focused rightly, faith can move us to live a story worth telling. But when our faith falls for propaganda, our story inevitably suffers for it.

Os Guinness, author of A Free People’s Suicide: Sustainable Freedom and the American Future, says this about attempts to find freedom apart from truth:

The sad fact is that without truth and virtue, those who proclaim freedom and set out to do what they like often end up not liking what they have done.

Truth causes faith to thrive, while propaganda always destroys in spite of false hope, good feelings, and the best of intentions.

Yet how often do we engage the source of truth? Jesus himself said that the Word is truth. It claims to have all we need to equip us while out on the trail following Him. But do we use it?

I delve into this topic in more detail in Chapter Four of my book A Story Worth Telling: Your Field Guide to Living an Authentic Life. But here is a handy infographic our team prepared to remind us all of how the Word of God causes our faith to thrive.

Feel free to view and download the info-graphic here or share on your favorite social media outlets. But don’t leave it there. Put the Word to work to ensure your faith is focused in the right direction.

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Don’t forget! My new book A Story Worth Telling is FREE for pastors and ministry leaders only until midnight June 30, 2105. Not only do they get the book for free but they are eligible to win a small-group study pack AND 2 tickets to Catalyst Atlanta!

Why not pass this along to a pastor or ministry leader you know to bless them today.

 

Do you think Jesus would have carried a pocket calendar? Would he have consulted it before making his commitments? Would he have bypassed the leper because his calendar said he was late for the Nazareth spring banquet?

Do you think Jesus would have worn a wristwatch? What would have been his reaction if the temple service extended past noon and alarms went off in the crowd? Would he have driven out the clock watchers along with the money changers?

Do you think Jesus would have carried a smart phone? Would Martha and Mary have texted Him to come and raise Lazarus from the dead? Can you imagine him having to step out of the Last Supper to take a call that just couldn’t wait?

The clock and Christ are not close friends. Imagine what God thinks of us now that we are so locked into schedules that we have locked ourselves out of the Sermon on the Mount—it is hardly possible to walk the second mile today without offending one’s calendar.

We jump at the alarm on our phones but sleep through the call of the Almighty.

(I modified this passage to reflect current technology use—but the questions remain valid.)

How to Stop Being Too Tired for God

7 Ways to Restore Rest

After my last post [Are You Too Busy to Hear What God Wants Next?], I heard from a friend on the other side of the world who had just received a copy of my latest book A Story Worth Telling — but was too tired to read it.

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So even though he knew he needed to make some changes in order to live a story worth telling, the pace of his life was leaving him too tired to do it. So he asked an obvious question I think we all ask at times: what can I do when I am too tired for God?

Are You too Busy to Hear What God Wants Next?

6 Truths We Must Believe to Restore Limits in our Lives

One reason we struggle to discover God’s direction for our lives — a reason we seldom talk about — is that we are trying to do too much. We’re so overloaded and over-committed that we’re not able to listen for what God wants next with the faith of a child.

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The purpose of this blog is to help you live an authentic life. To do that, I have to be authentic about my journey.

And right now, I am overloaded.

Combine a book launch with a few delays on other key projects and my tendency to be over-committed and you have the perfect example of trying to cram too much into too little time. It’s all really good, Kingdom-advancing stuff. But I confess I’m struggling to make my problems line up for me, a John Maxwell principle I’ve always tried to live by.

I had a vivid dream the other night that served as a not so-subtle reminder of what happens when I try to do it all.

Do You Make This Common Mistake in Your FaithWalk?

Why Waiting for Certainty Could Take a While

I would prefer to know how life will turn out before I choose my next step. If you’re like me, it’s easy to make a common mistake in pursuit of a life that is pleasing to God.

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Over the next several weeks, I’ll be unpacking the process of knowing God’s will for your life in a series of posts on the topic. I get questions from readers all the time who are trying to figure out what God wants them to do next.

My free eBook What God Wants You to Do Next: 7 Questions to Discover God’s Best for Your Life has been downloaded by people all over the world, so I know trying to figure out God’s direction is a common experience no matter where you live. I’ve heard from new friends as close as Atlanta and as far away as New Guinea and Ghana asking for advice on how to tell the difference between what God wants and what I want.

Although there is more to unpack in answering this question–something I’ll be doing in a series of posts coming soon–we need to be careful not to make a common mistake when asking this question and others about finding our life direction.

We should not assume we can ever reach a place in this life where we are free from uncertainty about what God wants us to do next.

The Apostle Paul describes our journey as a faith-walk, not a sight-walk. It’s not a historical tour complete with gripping narration, bronze plaques, and souvenir shops. It is a dynamic journey into the unknown with the One who knows and sustains all things.

The Christian walk is not a documentary filmed after the fact. It is an ongoing process which requires us to depend on God for direction as it unfolds in real time. Someday we’ll have the luxury of hindsight, but not now.

We make a mistake if we expect the Christian walk to be anything other than an exercise in ever-increasing dependence on God. Not only is uncertainty not abnormal, it is the expected way of life for all who follow Christ. We live in tension between what is already accomplished and what is being accomplished, between what is and what is to come.

“Though the outward man is perishing, the inward man is being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16) A metamorphosis is taking place within us. So it should come as no surprise to anyone that the process may become uncomfortable at times. In fact, we should expect it.

Remember this: Faith itself is a temporary thing. “For now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face.” (1 Corinthians 13:12) One day faith will give way to sight, and all uncertainty will cease. Until then, the process is working something far greater within us, causing us to lean into our Savior for direction and guidance as we walk paths we’ve never known before.

By all means, seek clarity from God, but don’t let uncertainty stop you from moving forward. Get used to saying, I don’t know all the answers, but I’m taking the next step anyway. 

Embrace uncertainty as an opportunity to discover greater clarity about what matters most. And your story will become better for it. 

SPECIAL: I’d love your input for the series of posts and additional resources I am preparing to help you discover what God wants you to do next. If you are not already an email subscriber, click here to do so now and be included in a brief survey I’ll send your way. Thanks!

Question: Do you sometimes make the mistake of thinking your uncertainty is weird or not normal for a Christ follower? How might your present uncertainty be an opportunity for you to grow closer to God? You can share your thoughts with other FaithWalkers by clicking here.