Continuing on with another quote from John Piper
“God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, and you may be aware of 3 of them.”
Just as we need to tune our hearts to Him? So we must also recognize and acknowledge how much he is doing in our lives? Do we remember that He is doing 10,000 things in our lives, even if we only see 3? We also need to train our hearts to gratitude (remember the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp).
Colossians 3:17 tells us – And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (ESV)
We can also train ourselves to be glad. We can be glad even when our circumstances are difficult because it is a heart attitude; it all comes around to our focus. I found the book Beholding and Becoming by Ruth Chou Simons around the end of September (2019). In it, she writes “We become joyful and glad about this day – today – as we take our eyes off of what we must do and behold the One who created us to do it in the first place. This day is holy because He makes nothing without purpose and plan.”
Do the Next Thing
An old English poem I also found in Beholding and Becoming gives us some good advice.
Many a questioning, many a fear,
Many a doubt, hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment let down from Heaven,
Time, opportunity, guidance are given.
Fear not tomorrows, child of the King,
Trust them with Jesus. Do the next thing.
Do it immediately, do it with prayer;
Do it reliantly, casting all care;
Do it with reverence, tracing His hand
Who placed it before thee with earnest command.
Stayed on Omnipotence, safe ‘neath His wing,
Leave all resultings, Do the next thing.
Do the next thing. In other words, it takes discipline to make progress on everyday worship. Likewise, it takes surrendering all that we are to Christ. It also takes accepting where we are in life, for good or bad.
Love what must be done
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said “Cease endlessly striving to do what you want to do and learn to LOVE what must be done. So, do you love what must be done? We must love Christ more than all else – more than our jobs, our house, our image, more than “me” time – it has to be Christ and Christ alone.
In conclusion, here are a couple more scriptures to guide our hearts to Christ.
“Your words were found, and I ate them,
and your words become to me a joy
and the delight of my heart,
for I am called by your name,
O Lord, God of hosts.” (ESV)
Great and amazing are your deeds,
O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
O King of the nations!
Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come and worship you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.” (ESV)