Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world,
but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.
Then you will know what God wants you to do,
and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.
Discussion: What is keeping you from discovering God’s will for your life? How often do you dive into the one place that can give you the answers to those questions? When was the last time you knew how “pleasing and perfect” His will truly is?
I write letters to my son – lots of them.
Some are just journal entries, telling him about what life is like for him right now. Some are letters teaching him things about God and life that I desperately want him to know. And some are just notes letting him know how important he is to me and how much I love him.
I write them in case I never get to see him grow up and tell him these things myself. I write them because sometimes sitting alone reading someone’s heart is the most effective way to get to know them. And I write them so that he will have answers to some of his many questions.
These letters are precious to me. And I pray that one day they will be just as precious to my son. I hope that he isn’t too cool to read letters from his mom. I hope that he takes the time to read them before it is too late and his life has flown by. And I hope that he reads them and finds the mom who loved him more than life and the God who loves him even more.
So it stops my heart when I remember that I have such treasures from my own Father in heaven that I casually toss aside and take for granted. I have the precious words from His lips that He desperately wants me to study and savor. Over hundreds of years, He had his servants record the words that reveal His heart, His will and His salvation so that I would have them to guide my days here on earth. They contain the lessons and the love that He knows I need to hear.
And yet I don’t bother to take the time. Not often enough do I hold on to those precious words, the very book that contains His perfect will for my life, and read them as if my very life depended on it. In these letters from my Father I have all I need to know. When I meet Him in heaven, all the questions that linger will be answered. But for now, what He knows I need is here waiting for me. All I need to do is pick it up and read.