Traveling Together, sometimes along a winter road…
Welcome! As I sit here typing, I am basked in sunlight. It feels so warm against my back. We have just endured another New England winter storm with about 6 inches of new snow. I watch the birds in the feeder and it makes me smile.
Remember what is it like to make someone smile? A parent, spouse, child, friend or even a stranger…it is so satisfying to make someone smile. Most times it doesn’t take much..just a desire to please another above all else.
Have you ever wondered what makes God smile? AND would you believe it is YOU who makes Him smile?! I know, it sounds crazy that the Creator of the Universe would take the time to focus on you & I and that we can make Him smile. So what does it take??
Let’s find out as we continue to journey together to find our purpose in life according to what our Creator says.
Here is Day NINE of “The Purpose Driven Life” by Pastor Rick Warren
DAY NINE: THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE (Taken directly from the book, page 76)
“TODAY’S FOCUS: What Makes God Smile?
POINT TO PONDER: God Smiles when I Trust Him.
BIBLE VERSE: ”The Lord is pleased with those who worship Him and trust His love” Psalm 147:11 (CEV)
QUESTION TO PONDER: Since God knows what is best, in what areas of my life do I need to trust Him most?” I need to Trust God with the direction of my life, to go where He sends me…knowing He has equipped me abundantly to do His Will.
Here are the treasures I found from DAY NINE:
God smiles when we LOVE Him supremely.
God made me so He could love me…He wants me to love Him back.
God smiles when we TRUST Him completely.
Trust Him knowing He knows what is best for my life.
God smiles when we OBEY Him wholeheartedly.
Do whatever He asks without questions, objections or reservations. What God looks at is the attitude of my heart. Do I want to please Him most of all?
God smiles when we PRAISE & THANK Him continually.
Thank Him with heartfelt praise & appreciation for Who He Is.
God smiles when we USE our ABILITIES.
He wants me to use my abilities & talents.
“There are NO unspiritual abilities, just misused ones” Rick Warren page 75
“I have no right to argue with my Creator. I am merely a clay pot (and a cracked one, at that!)shaped by my Potter. The clay pot doesn’t ask, “Why did you make me like this?” Isaiah 45:9 (personalized by me) Yet, I ask and I sometimes compare my gifts to those of others. It makes My father sad to think I am unhappy with what He gave me. Anytime I reject a part of myself or long to be something else, I am rejecting God’s Wisdom & Sovereignty in creating me…
Every human activity, EXCEPT SIN, can be done to make God smile, if it is done with an attitude of praise.
Using MY gifts & abilities with a happy heart makes my Daddy smile 🙂 You CAN make Him smile too…
Reference: ”The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren, 2002 Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, pages 69-76
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