5 Ways God Wants to be in All that You Do
How do we properly order our actions with His plan? Here at Swole.Catholic we pray that “in all we do, let it bring me closer to You,” but yet we may find ourselves wondering if our actions are the right actions. Or how exactly God wants to be involved in the decision making process. How is our relationship with God supposed to look and how do our everyday actions play into that?
I want to now offer 5 ways this relationship should look like...
1. God wants to be a part of every decision.
He wants to be part of your entire life, every detail. After all he knows the number of hairs on your head, why wouldn't He want to know everything else. Even more than that He is trying to be a part of your life. Everything He puts in front of you He does so in an attempt to steer you towards Himself.
2. Prayer should never be a crutch
I know some guys hide behind the line “I’m not sure if I’m gonna ask her out, I have to pray about it.” They will hide behind this line for months on end rather than taking the risk and asking her out. They use this ‘prayer’ as a crutch from embracing action.
It can be easy to get wrapped in a crippling anxiety with “prayer” But this is not what prayer is meant to be. Prayer is meant to be a line of communication, not a magic 8 ball that tells you what sandwich you should choose. Invite God into your prayer and let it be a dialogue back forth from both sides.
3. Sometimes action is the best option
One of the best ways to counter this anxiety and fear is to chose a road and chose it with abandon just like the Saints. “Joan of Arc was not stuck at the cross-roads, either by rejecting all the paths like Tolstoy, or by accepting them all like Nietzsche. She chose a path, and went down it like a thunderbolt” (Chesterton, Orthodoxy).
Pray for God’s support in the actions you undertake. And be proactive about choosing the actions that you think will truly lead you to Him. However, we will inevitably chose the wrong choice from time to time, or God may just see a different and better path than you can see at the time. In either case, God may give us a very clear but disappointing “no”, and we have to be receptive and okay with His change of plans.
4. Don't sweat the small stuff
One of the greatest gifts that God gave us is our freewill, and one of the best ways to say thank you is to use it to the best of our ability. God gave you a conscious in order to make decisions and He therefore expects you to use it. In using these gifts we can continue to glorify God even with the little choices.
5. Start small, the trend will build, the habit will form
A habit takes anywhere from days to weeks to develop. If all you do is try for the big stuff right away when growing closer to God you will burn out. Like Gandalf says "like the falling of small stones that starts an avalanche." Momentum and growth comes from the small everyday actions that are all pointed in the same direction. Be patient with yourself and invite God into these everyday and mundane decisions. Consciously chose to invite Him into more and more of your life and the habit will assuredly grow.
In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Lord, thank you so much for freedom. Thank you for the free will you have blessed us with. It is something that goes unnoticed too often, help us appreciate it even more so. And with such a great gift, we want to be able to use it and give it back with even more glory. Just like the ten talents you gave to your servants we want to be able to give it back 2, 5, 10 times more. Lord, help conform our hearts to yours that we know that as we exercise our freewill that it is to become the best version of ourselves. Help us always to be growing closer to You, for that is the best version of ourselves, when we are closer to You. When we are resting in You, Lord.
One of the best ways to grow is to learn from others...
So, how do you involve God in your decisions? How do you struggle with letting Him in?
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