These 4 Questions Might Alter The Course Of Your Life… If You Let Them

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Some version of the American dream has been pressed upon us from the time we were barely able to crawl. Get married, have 2.5 kids, climb the corporate ladder in your comfortable split level with the white picket fence. The thing is, most of our spiritual and personal growth doesn’t happen in the 9-5, it happens when we take time to slow down and evaluate why we are even here, and what the purpose of pursuing a paycheck is anyway. Do you feel like you’re just drifting through life, collecting milestones until God calls you up yonder? Or maybe you feel like this is not the life you thought you’d have when you left home and spread your wings. Let me encourage you today, that it’s not too late to find true contentment and purpose. Here are a few questions to get you started:

1. Who do you think God is?

The kind of God we worship will determine the kind of people we become. – Jerry Sittser

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We all project our own fears and insecurities onto our image of God. If we think God is angry, chances are we will become irritable, if not hostile people. If we think God doesn’t care about the intimate details of our lives, we will become callous to the small things. As I sit here and think about this question in my own life, I know that my default image of God is a judgmental God, who lays on the guilt and shame, and whom I can never please. As a result, I tend to be over critical of myself, and of others in my life. It is an uphill battle to remind myself of scripture, and to seek the truth of God’s character – that is, He is a just God to be sure, but also a God full of mercy and grace. Most importantly, it is true that I alone do not measure up, but I am covered by Christ’s blood, and I no longer have to carry around the burden of shame. So who is God to you? How does that align with the picture we are given in the Bible?

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