Monthly Archives: October 2016

What is the Center of your life?

Here’s an excellent devotion from Rick Warren that remind us that God needs to be the central focus of our life. 

Are You Self-centered or God-centered?

BY RICK WARREN — OCTOBER 17, 2016

“Instead of worrying, pray …. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life” (Philippians 4:6-7 MSG).

What will be the center of your life?

In other words, who or what are you going to live for? There are a lot of options. You can center your life around a career, a sport, a hobby, making money, or having fun.

There’s nothing wrong with any of these things. They’re all fine, but they all make a lousy center for your life. You need something at the center of your life that is absolutely unchanging, that can never be taken away from you. Because if it can, you will lose your security. You will always be under stress. You need something that is unchanging and secure.

One of the ways you know that Jesus is at the center of your life is you worry less. Any time you start worrying, it should be a red flag, a warning sign that says, “I’ve allowed someone or something to become the center of my life instead of God.” You could make a person the center of your life, and you’ll be under stress because you know that person can walk out of your life any time or die or get sick.

There’s only one thing you can put at the center of your life that will never change and is strong enough to sustain you through life: Jesus Christ.

Do you remember years ago they used to have these things called Super Balls? When you bounced it on the ground, it’d go 30 or 40 feet high. Why? Because the center of a Super Ball was a tightly compacted, solid core. That’s what gave it its bounce-ability.

When your core is solid in God, you have bounce-ability. You bounce back from stress faster. You bounce back from problems faster. You bounce back from grief faster. You bounce back from crisis faster. You have something solid in your life that doesn’t change, and you worry less.

The Bible says in Philippians 4:6-7, “Instead of worrying, pray …. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life” (MSG).

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God’s timing is perfect

Here is a great devotional from Rick Warren that I’d like to share with you. He reminds us to be patient and trust in the Lord. 

You May Be in a Hurry, but God Is Not

“God … does everything just right and on time, but people can never completely understand what he is doing” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NCV).

If you want to slow down your life, you’ve got to learn to trust God’s timing.

Do you know what impatience is? It’s a lack of trust. When you’re impatient, you’re saying, “God, I don’t really trust you. I don’t think you have my best interest at heart. You don’t know when I need it and I’m in a hurry.” You get worried and you get hurried and you start scurrying because you don’t trust God to do it at the right time and in the right way. You struggle and strive.

Is fast always better? Not always.

God has a plan for your life. You probably know that. But he also has a timetable for your life. Here’s the rub: God never explains his timetable. Doesn’t that just tick you off sometimes?

One of the most painful things in life is when you’re in a hurry and God’s not. When children grow up, part of maturing is having to learn the difference between “no” and “not yet.” A delay is not a denial. As a follower of Jesus Christ, you have to learn the same thing with God: A delay is not a denial. God knows the right time and the right way. He has a plan and a timetable. And his timing is perfect.

When Saddleback Church grew for 15 years without a building, this is the verse that God used to encourage me for all those years: “This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed” (Habakkuk 2:3 NLT, second edition).

That vision that God has given you that hasn’t happened yet, it’s coming. It’s coming on God’s timetable. In the meantime, trust God and slow down.

By Rick Warren, October 6, 2016