If you’re like me, you spend time and maybe even worry trying to figure out what God’s will is. What is God’s will for my life, my family, my church, etc.? Anybody who wants to make their life better–whether in general or in the midst of bad consequences–has probably wrestled with that question. Just what is God’s will??
Well, we shouldn’t really have to ask what it is, just ask how we can do it better.
I read an article by Bill Willson, a church health counselor, who noted the same difficulty we all have: when asked about God’s will, most people are stumped. We shouldn’t be, though, because it’s rather plainly laid out in the Bible. For starters, just read Jesus’ words in Matthew chapters 5-7 (Sermon on the Mount), and think about what he says, how he tells us to live. Those chapters are chock full of God’s will: “act like this,” “treat people like this,” etc.
It supports my theory that deep down, we all pretty much know how we should be living; we just need help, tips, or reminders about doing it.
Still, since God’s will is right there in red staring at us, how come we’re stumped so much? Wilson thinks it’s because of the way we talk about it. So he has shifted the way he talks about it, and now asks people, “What is God’s dream for you?” The results were remarkable:
Before this shift, when I would ask a couple preparing for marriage what they thought God’s will was for their life together, their eyes would glaze over and they would mumble some religious pabulum that nearly put me to sleep. Now, when I ask them to tell me about God’s dream for their life together, their eyes light up and they engage their imagination around the amazing possibilities God has for them.
Isn’t that fun? I want to have that same excitement and imagination. So let’s us do the same thing. In our ongoing efforts to follow God and live like Jesus, let’s start asking the question, “What is God’s dream for our lives?”
Maybe one Wednesday night I’ll just ask that and we can brainstorm. Heck, maybe instead of a sermon one Sunday, I’ll just ask that, hand out some scratch paper, and say, “Start dreaming!” I’d love to see what you come up with.