I used to have a tendency to not bother God with the little stuff in my life.
I wanted to save up my “favors” for the really important or big challenges.
Without thinking, I was assigning human values and assumptions to an Almighty God. I would project, and limit – and I would ultimately lose out, by believing the lie that God was either not able or not willing to enter into the details of my life. Surely (I erroneously thought), He is occupied with more important people and things. And even though I knew this was a lie, my subconscious mind just went there.
Psalm 139 tells us the truth: Our loving Heavenly Father does His best work in our lives when we turn to Him in the midst of our daily grind – because that is where our character is formed. How we deal with the big stuff is formed by how we have dealt with the little stuff.
Details and small decisions are ground zero for our transformation.
“Whoever is faithful with very little is also faithful with a lot, and whoever is dishonest with very little is also dishonest with a lot,” according to Luke 16:10.
Often, if we are brutally honest, the lie beneath the lie is not that we don’t want to bother God. It’s more like we want to hide from God – especially in the little things that we tend to believe “don’t really matter.”
But they do matter. And how utterly ridiculous to try and hide from God. News flash: He already knows! So why not just come clean before Him and ask for help when we fail?
Ask for His power to do better.
Accept His unfailing love and forgiveness.
Rest in God’s transforming power to do what we cannot do for ourselves – transform our lives and our character.
Because of the forgiveness that Jesus makes possible for us, we can run toward God when we mess up. Not away from Him.
Luke 15:3-7 says: “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the pasture and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders, comes home, and calls together his friends and neighbors to tell them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my lost sheep!’ In the same way, I tell you that there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous ones who do not need to repent.”
I’m just saying, at any given time, there at least 99 other people that are doing pretty well, so God probably has a little extra time to turn His loving attention to me – to draw me back in, clean me up and set me straight. And then I can “sheepishly” fall on my face in grateful love. And start over.
Sharon Lennox-Infante is a Certified Life Coach who lives and works in Los Altos. For more information, visit sharonlennox.com.