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Your Book Title

“Direct my footsteps according to your word, let no sin rule over me.” – Psalm 119:133 [NIV]

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6 [NIV]

I never thought I would say this, but I have written three books. I cannot say that it was something that I did alone. Each of the books shares many God stories, and the books themselves were all written for God and His Kingdom. I recently started researching for a fourth book and I realized something that I never really thought—each book had a title before one word was written for the book. Before I wrote The Twelve Fingerprints, I was given the title and from that, I understood the basic outline to start my book. Before I set out on my journey to Australia, I understood that there would be a book to write about the trip and I was again given the title. Oddly enough, the adventure itself was not what the story was about, but something very different. Sometimes we are given a small piece of information, but it’s not what we think at all. I did not get the realization until I found myself face-to-face with a different reality than I imagined. I thought the journey would bring me somewhere better than I was before, but the idea I had was not what God had planned. We have a very different definition of “better.”

We do not think like God thinks, because we view things from our own human vantage point and we usually tend to think about what would be good for us by our own idea of good. For example, it would be good if all the bills got paid and we had some money left over. This isn’t something bad, but at times there is something else that God is working on in our lives. We are to walk in faith and trust in Him. These titles I was given before I started to write, but the book itself took time and there were many twists and turns in the writing process. This is the same for our own lives. We aren’t given all the answers. We are given a little piece to work with and we are to walk in faith. We are not going to know everything here on earth. We might have to be more patient than we like. We have to trust and obey. As you trust, you find that God will reveal Himself to you in a way you couldn’t imagine. I still don’t have all the answers, but I am blessed because of His revelation, because of the relationship I have with Him.

We too each receive titles if we accept Jesus into our lives, being then called “Children of God.” As a believer, your life should start with this title (imagine the book title)—Child of God or as Matthew West put it so well, “Child of the One True King.” Start with that for the title of your life book, and allow God to give you the body of the book with His timing. Allow Him to guide your steps.

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Within the Trash

This morning I passed by a dumpster filled with items from a house that is currently undergoing renovations. Out of the corner of my eye, I was able to spot a large box of books lying on top of the other discarded items. The books looked brand new and many of them were titles that were once found on the best sellers list. For a moment I thought of how those books and so many other items within the dumpster could have been used by someone instead of going to a landfill. I imagined if the items were donated to a church or another charity, the good that they could do for some lives. Then my mind started to focus on how we are all so guilty of getting things and tossing them out.

We have become a society that is so very good at getting rid of things. We toss out clothing because we have plenty of other items in our wardrobe. We toss out food because we had so much food, that we did not have time to eat it all and it went bad. We toss out relationships because it takes work and sacrifice for marriage and friendships to find success. We toss out opportunities because we do not desire taking risks on challenges. We toss out money with gambling or with purchases we don’t even want or need. We toss out pets because we bought them for their cuteness without thinking of the time investment. We toss out technology because something new came along. We toss and toss.

Then I thought of those who do not have anything to toss, those who are lacking the basic needs of life. There are people who are not able to eat tonight. There are people who have lost their family, their friends. There are people who do not have shoes or clothing. There are people who do not have all of the advantages and opportunities. There are those who do not have money to toss away. There are some who are sick, some dying. There are some who are slaves, yes slaves, on this very day in 2013. I could go on and on.

I cannot give any answers of how we can fix all of these things. I do not have the answers. I am just as guilty as the next person when it comes to tossing out things. All I can say is that I know Who has the answers. I know that all we can do is look to God for the answers of what we can do in our own lives to be His hands and feet, and to share His love with those around us and to be who He called us. We can start here. “He has told you, O man, what is good: And what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8 NASB). Let us start there.