#1 of 10 Steps to Meeting Your Challenge
Your life and mine may look different everyday, but did you know that we face some of the same challenges, which I like to call “giants”?
What are the giants that you fear?
Welcome to this 10 step, weekly series about what God is teaching me
on the mission field!
Living as a missionary in Mexico, the giants I fear are… the drug cartel, the government who are involved with the drug cartel, street gangs, guys like the ones who robbed our house last year, illnesses of my country, forgetting to use bottled water when I brush my teeth, failure in ministry, letting God down, not learning the language well enough, making not-the-best decisions, friends and family judging me for leaving the U.S., lack of financial support, friends forgetting I exist, my granddaughter growing up not knowing me… I could go on and on. And I’m sure you could, too.
Whatever our challenges are… God helps us meet them.
Recently, my husband and I were faced with a very important decision. It came in stages. You know how that goes. Take a step, wait to see what God does and says, then take another. During this challenging time, I asked the Lord to teach me some ways to meet challenges that I could apply EVERY TIME… because something tells me that more challenges are waiting in the shadows of this journey as a missionary. They’re just a part of life.
I write this, not as an expert, but because repetition often creates learning. Hopefully, writing this blog will ingrain God’s lessons into me so I can recall them in the future.
It’s my prayer that you will benefit in some way from what God is teaching me through His Word about meeting our challenges.
I’ll post 1 of the 10 steps each week.
- Begin with humility before God.
Without this, none of the following steps will make sense or help us in facing our challenge. We might as well not even read them or try them. Maybe we didn’t cause this problem. Maybe nothing about us had anything to do with the current challenge in our lives. It just popped up. Or, maybe our challenge is, at least somewhat, a consequence of our decisions or actions. Regardless, we must begin with an attitude of submission and repentance before our holy God.
“But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word” Isaiah 66:2
- Humility is our recognition of our absolute dependence on our Creator. Andrew Murray called humility “the place of entire dependence on God.” It’s not a virtue, but the root of all virtues, because it puts us in a right attitude before God.
- Repentance is part of humbling ourselves before God. We must confess all of our past wrongdoings and wrong thinking to the Lord. Admit our inadequacy to solve this problem. And turn away from our current way of thinking and walking.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
- It’s time to understand our desperate need to trust Him, rather than relying on our own self-sufficiency. It’s time to chase after God.
- What has God taught you about humility before Him? Leave a reply in the comment box at the bottom of this post.
Stay tuned next week for Step 2 in “10 Steps to Meeting Your Challenge”!