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Playing Armchair Quarterback

May I ask you a really strange question? What would have been different in your life over these last few years if you had been God? I know, that's an incredibly non-realistic hypothetical, but it serves a point. If you know me very well, you know that I am a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan. However, I am not just a fan, I also serve as an honorary armchair quarterback. Each game I sit in front of the screen shouting out plays and second-guessing key decisions. I point out things that seem obvious to me, but somehow get missed in the game plan. How about you? We tend to do this in most areas of our lives, and in effect, we are saying to God that we know better than Him. I determined many years ago to live my life with two major goals. First, I want to learn how to think biblically. I want to see life through God's eyes. I don't need to understand all the whys, because I can't, but I want to have His perspective through all of the ups and down that I encounter on this journey and trust Him in everything. Second, l want to lead others to do the same thing. The problem is, this is really hard for us as humans to do. We think humanly, not theologically. We think everything revolves around us: our wants, thoughts, happiness, and satisfaction. We're always concerned about what other people think of us first, and God second, and as a result, we see God through human eyes as well. We rationalize that He must see things as we do, so when He does something we don't understand we get upset and say things like, "that's not fair!" When you focus on God first, above feelings, everything changes. Trust that regardless of how you feel or think, God is weaving an intricate plan together which means that not everything is going to make sense at the time! It's true that God loves you and has a great plan for your life, but remember, it's His plan. Trust that His will for you is good and perfect. Press On, Pastor Brian Richard

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