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What Has God Been Doing?

We all have “pet peeves,” “hot buttons,” and “areas of intense focus” that capture our attention to the point we think everyone should share our level of interest in the topic. Today’s topic is one of those for me and I would like to get your feedback. The “hot button” for me is a conviction that the question, “What has God been doing in my life?” is one of life’s great privileges. Ephesians 2:10 states, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Philippians 2:13 echoes this same thought, “for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

It seems inescapable to me then that God has been working in each of our lives from 10 Best Decisions a Leader Can Makethe beginning to lead us in the pursuit of His will. Even before we knew He was at work, He was busy shaping, molding and redeeming situations to develop passion in our hearts for something I believe there are a number of ways you can look back on your life to discover what God has been about. You can look at your strongest memories, your life altering decisions, the consistent interests of your heart, your choice of friends, etc. One of the ways is also to look at the leaders you have been inclined to follow. In The 10 Best Decisions a Leader Can Make, I share the short list of those leaders in my life as a way of discovering your place in the plan. I have included a short excerpt to illustrate:

“We can all describe the journey of our lives by the leaders who have impacted us.
In third grade, Mrs. Svoboda taught me that math could be fun. She was energetic about math concepts and instituted a number of competitive games to help those of us with natural aptitude excel in our development. It was the first time in my life that learning captured the same sense of adventure as athletic competition . . .

In fifth grade, I was assigned to Mr. Foladare’s class. His body was mildly deformed from a childhood malady, but it never stopped him from doing what was on his heart. He taught with focus and enthusiasm that made me want to learn . . . Even though he was only five foot six, he coached an elite club basketball team that consistently played in tournament championships. He was tough-minded, energetic, and determined that obstacles would not hold him back . . .

Coach Pitts started [freshman] basketball practice that year with the statement, “You are going to be the toughest, hardest working team in our league. You may end up liking me or hating me by the end of the season, but you will be the most determined basketball players around.” I wasn’t even sure at the time why it got my attention. I do know, however, that my time with Coach Pitts better prepared me for the realities of life . . .

Coach Howell was a high-school football coach in the mold of Paul “Bear” Bryant. He wasn’t the most personable man I have ever met, but he knew how to win. He taught me that success is not just about talent. It’s about maintaining discipline in the midst of adversity. It’s about adjusting to challenges with a clear view of your goal and cultivating a mindset of believing you will succeed despite the forces trying to keep you from it . . .

Pastor Jack Peacock taught me the power of building authentic networks. He had an uncanny ability to connect with rugged men . . .

Bob Bell was a corporate leader I watched from a distance. He was extremely busy with his career and family so he didn’t have much time to give, but the way he handled his life and business was attractive to me. An associate of his told me one day, “Bob was in charge of investigating safety reports in our company. He was always tough, but he was always fair.”

Jim Conway convinced me that having a full-fledged ministry and raising a healthy family could be done at the same time . . . Despite a difficult childhood, he was positive, energetic, and ambitious.”

From these leaders I discovered that I am drawn to help people with real issues in their lives, environments that are competitive, learning significant information, balancing solid relationships with a standard of truth and overcoming obstacles with tenacity. These have become major themes in my life that drive my decisions and help me sort out my priorities because I am passionate about them.

It seems to me, however, that people in general have a hard time “seeing” what God has been doing. They can report the news of their lives but have trouble identifying the themes that are supposed to capture their hearts and focus their efforts.
This is where I would like your input. As you look back at your life, can you identify the themes, convictions, and interests that God has been trying to weave into your heart? I look forward to your insight – Thanks!

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2 Responses

  1. Hi Bill! I do miss you! Once again, you have set my mind in a particular direction and until I sense some conclusion to the question “what is God currently doing and what has God done in my life” I won’t be able to contemplate or plan any new or significant changes to what I am currently doing in my pursuit of Gods purpose for my life. I can see and sense clearly (at least I think I can) what God is currently doing although at this point in time I have no real sense of how some of whats going on in me and around me will eventually end. Often I am reminded that “it’s not always about me”. In fact, most of the time it’s not!
    We hosted and lead a Bible Study last night and the words you printed yesterday became one of the major topics. This group is made up of 16 neighbors from 5 different churches in town. Like you, some in the group could easily recall names of elementary and high school teachers. Some like myself, struggle to recall who our best friends as adolescents where.
    All this to say that I have much about what God has done in my life and how God has used me in the past to share.
    Again I want you to know that I appreciate so much your leadership and your encouragement that always motivates me to engage and take an active and planned approach to everyday life.
    As I put done in writing some of my thoughts concerning the questions you ask I will send them to you.
    Thank you Bill!!!

    • Hi Frank,
      Thanks for the response and I am excited to hear that your Bible Study went through the exercise last night. I took our Bible Study through it also. I am finding it to be quite interesting. There seems to be a bout a 60-40% split so far. 60% seem to grasp it right away and are able to make the connection to the themes God has been developing in our lives as individual servants of his. 40% seem to struggle. This doesn’t really surprise me since it is most certainly an area of spiritual battle for people and it is personally challenging to identify just what God is doing in our lives. Once we know, we have to act on it!
      On another note, have you seen http://www.faithlife.com? It is a new product produced by logos bible software. We started a private group for our Bible Study last night. It kind of has the feel of FaceBook but it is completely integrated with the Bible. For instance, I posted a note to the group last night with Ephesians 3:14-21 typed in the note. The program automatically hyperlinked it and showed the verse in a popup box. You have been one of my technology inspirations so I thought you might like to know about this.

      Blessings on you my friend!

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