We’ve had a two-part session in Chapel on God’s will the past two weeks. A local pastor named Austin Fisher.
Last week he told us that God doesn’t tell anyone specifically His will for their lives. He gives a bunch of guidelines (the 10 Commandments, The Beatitudes, all that stuff) and we have to fill in the rest. He compared it to the Hebrew language, in which the vowels are assumed so you have to use the context of the word to figure out what it is.
His example was this:
You can use the letters L and V to make a bunch of random words:
But there are also a bunch of words you can’t make:
His point was that people have to be willing to do what they can with what they’ve got.
This week he talked about the choices we all have to face. He said that God wants us to pick something and follow through with it. It may not be the right thing but it’s something. You have to make the choice or you are going to get stuck. He said there are no perfect decisions (though some are better than others).
Then he told us to not worry about the big stuff because it’s all the little things that make the difference. For example: if you think about when you’ve been happiest, it was when you weren’t trying to be happy; you just were and you were happy. He used marriage as his example. Many couples that get married are as close as they’ll ever be long before they are married.
Similarly, if you are a mean person and you are trying to find someone to marry, you won’t. “You are a mean person and no one will ever want to marry you. Fix yourself first!” That’s what he told us. It’s the small stuff that matters.
And then he told us we need to stick to things we are good at. “You got what you got” were his words. That’s not to say you can’t learn new things and stuff but there are just some things you can’t do. If you have struggled with math all your life, don’t study to be an accountant because you will be miserable the whole time. He said we need to use our talents and strengths and everything will fall into place.
Everything always falls into place.