Conflict is a constant and unwelcome companion of the human condition. But there is good news; the turmoil our struggles bring often turns us to God more quickly than we would otherwise. The strife we so despise leads the sincere of heart to self-examination, repentance and revived commitment to change. Self-generated transformation is always too limited in its scope, so conflicts are a necessary part of the process of full surrender. Much of my spiritual progress has been gained by way of struggles, trials, pressures and adversities. Father, You are an exquisite finisher. You take what the enemy of our soul means for bad and turn it to good. I welcome Your holy handiwork by whatever means You choose.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth,”Acts 1:8 ESV. Most people would like to make an impact on the world around them, but it seems so overwhelming. Is it really? An avalanche begins with the movement of one single object; your next move may be the ignition point of something amazing. Inspired ideas launched by passionate commitment and followed by steady advances can change the trajectory of your entire future. I’ve had the privilege of being around quite a few world changers over a lifetime. Some are truly natural stars, but frankly, most are amazingly ordinary; it is their stubborn relentlessness to make something special happen that is the difference. Jesus’ disciples were simple men and women that changed their world. His true disciples still are. Lord, in Your Mercy, move my heart that I may be used to move others.