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Your Way or God’s Way?

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I have always been a fan of Frank Sinatra and one of my favourites was a track he recorded entitled "I did it my way." However, as you get older and wiser you are supposed to listen to advice and not do it your way, which I have found is usually wrong anyway.

There is a story told about an old lady who earned a living by peddling her wares from door to door. When she was travelling through the towns and villages and came to an intersection, she would toss a stick up into the air. Whichever way the stick pointed when it came down, that is the way she would go to sell her goods. One day a men was passing by and saw her throw the stick up into the air: once, twice, then three times. He asked her, "What on earth are you doing?" she replied, "I'm letting God show me which way to go, by using this stick." Looking at her curiously he said, "But why do you throw it up three times?" She replied with a smile, "Because the first two times I suddenly realised he was pointing me in the wrong direction."

When we don't like being pointed in the direction God gives us, do we pray, hoping that God will change his mind and tell us what we want to hear? Jesus told us to exchange our will for his, he told us, "I am the vine and you are the branches." Only if we stay connected to Christ, will we bear fruit, for just as life flows from the vine into the branches, then his power flows to us, then through us and begins to affect our lives in many different ways. The Psalmist said, "He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way."

Essentially, there are only two ways to go - His way and your way, but if you're tired of doing things your way, then why not try asking God to show you the better way of doing things? His way!

"When the spirit of truth comes, he will guide into all the truth."

Published Fri 24th Aug 2018 20:34:59
Last Modified on Fri 24th Aug 2018 20:34:59

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