One of the verses that I always have liked is Romans 8:28. It says, “For we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.” The verse is often misinterpreted though. People think that all things are good for those who love God. The truth is that it doesn’t say that all things are good. It says that in all things, God works for our good.
This means that we are in a constant state of working for the overcoming of our challenges. It means that we are not alone in the struggle either, though. We are working towards our own good and He is also working towards that same purpose. We often won’t understand what the plan is, but there is a grand plan.
I think the tough part for me is knowing when to let go and follow God’s flow. I tend to want to be in control and make things happen. I want to be that independent sort that only needs my charm and wit and focus to be victorious. The problem is that I often work against my own good when I don’t slow down and listen to the signs that I am being given.
An example of that would be in the trip that was messed up today. I was supposed to fly out for a business trip at noon, which got bumped to 2, which then got cancelled, which then got rebooked for 4, when got bumped to 6, which got cancelled and rebooked for the next day. In the midst of the struggle to get out to my client for a training tomorrow, I wanted to be in control. I wanted to be mad at the airline. In reality, it may have been an incredible blessing! I was able to stay home with my kids for an evening and just be dad because of the dilemma. God was working in my favor by keeping me out of bad weather flying and able to relax and hang with my kiddos.
I am thankful for the turmoil for that is where God can really work his magic!
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.