My day began terribly. A false accusation of a friend went viral. It was a painful illustration of how the Internet can be a viral network for gossip. The Internet helps us connect, but it can also amplify vice.
Later that day I golfed for the first time in months with a friend who shared with me his journey of vocational transition into a whole new chapter of ministry. As much game was up and down, his story inspired me.
Later that evening I met with a group. The host spoke about an epiphany, where he heard and felt the happy affirmation of his Heavenly Father to the steps of trust he was taking. He spoke about how this process of transformation is shifting his business to measure success by how much the business gives away.
What struck me about my encounters was the alignment my friends were experiencing. In response to God’s invitation to step out and trust the provision and the guiding of God, those men put their career and their finances on the line. Each one is learning to trust God, and each one is undergoing a faith deepening process. And God was proving himself faithful, even happy with the steps his children were taking.
Maybe the best transitions are those that respond to God’s call, step out in trust, and align their lives with God’s invitation. Maybe that’s what the Apostle Paul was talking about when he wrote:
Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him…. fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. (Romans 12:1a, 2b)
My day started terribly. But thanks to the witness of friends who fixed their attention on God, recognized God’s invitation, and responded to it, my day ended inspired. Now that’s a good day.