Ambition is defined as the strong desire to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work. The problem is ambition can lead to self-centered thinking. “Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well.” Philippians 2:3-4. As Christians, we should instead focus on spreading the good news. “But I do not consider my life worth anything to myself, so that I may finish my task as the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news of God’s grace.” Acts 20:24. “You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had…” Philippians 2:5, and “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without blemish though you live in a crooked and perverse society, in which you shine as lights in the world.” Philippians 2:14-25. The world is lost, it needs Jesus. “There is therefore now no condemnation for these who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1. Don’t let your ambition get in the way of God’s Grace for yourself or others.
The health benefits of rest are well known and documented. It can allow time for recovery, prevent muscle fatigue, reduce the risk of injury, and can even improve performance. With the benefits of rest so well known, why do we resist it so much?
Even God, the creator of the universe found time to rest (Genesis 2:3). And the fourth commandment reminds us to “remember the Sabbath day.” (Exodus 20:8) If the creator found time to rest and called it holy, who are we to think we have the power to do more?
Forget the troubles of the world. Relax and spend time with the family. Stop the stress/fatigue cycle. Find your Sabbath.
There are some people who will be content just “being” but some of us have been chosen by God to be “broken”. In our moments of desperation, God is breaking us, but when the breaking is done, then we will be able to see the reason for which we were created. God says, “I had to break you to show you why I created you. You had to go through it so you could fulfill your purpose.”
People often look for “proof” of God. In the words of Billy Graham, “Can you see God? You haven’t seen him? I’ve never seen the wind. I see the effects of the wind, but I’ve never seen the wind.” God is everywhere, all around us, in the green grass, and the blue sky. From the majesty of the galaxies all the way down to the cells that makes up our bodies. Christ’s blameless sacrifice on the cross paid the ultimate price for us. If you are still looking for proof check out Laminin, the cell adhesion molecule the binds all matter together. A reminder of God’s plan set forth at the beginning of creation. “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17
We hear Romans 8:28 quite frequently when we are facing taught times. “We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him…” This is true. Whether it is good or bad, God will use it for his glory. We must also lean to trust him and be content with Gods plans for our lives. “…for I have learned to be content in any circumstance. I have experienced times of need and times of abundance. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of contentment, whether I go satisfied or hungry, have plenty or nothing. I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:11-13. God has a plan for you. While it may be difficult some times, know that it will work out for the glory of God and you can overcome any circumstance when we trust and find contentment in the one who strengthens us.