“Today I Will Be…” How Will You Fill In The Blank?
Fill in the blank: Today I will be_________.
I always loved fill in the blank tests and worksheets in school. I would get a little hit of dopamine when I would “guess“ correctly. I still love fill in the blanks. When I’m doing Bible studies, I try to get ahead and see if I can read the teacher’s mind and get that answer in the blank before it’s taught. It makes me feel smarter when I nail it.
But here’s a fill in the blank that we can all do, every day.
Today I will be______.
Every day we have a choice – not always about what we do vocationally, but always about who we will be. So fill in the blank today!
You get to decide. You can choose to be fearful, angry, divisive…after all, lots of people do. You can choose to be distracted, discouraged, or impatient. You can choose to give in to whatever feelings you have at the moment because after all, it’s been a hard year and you could “justify” your behavior. People will understand. However, even though life may be hard and negative feelings may come easy in this season, you can still intentionally choose to be something different today and invite God along to help you fulfill it.
As a Jesus follower, who we are is a reflection of our faith and the very character of God. This doesn’t mean we don’t experience hard things or that we don’t feel negative emotions. It also doesn’t mean we ignore those negative emotions when they come, but one thing we don’t have to do is become a slave to those hard feelings. We can lay whatever we’re feeling at the feet of Jesus; then He will take it and give us His strength and peace in return.
So I challenge you today to fill in your blank. Here is mine: Today I will be…about the Father’s business. I am God’s co-worker and invited into His Kingdom work on this earth. And so are you. How awesome is that!
The key is asking God to help us fulfill our “I will be” statement. We can’t do it without Him.
“We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith…”
-Paul, 1 Thessalonians 3:2