May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. (2 Thess. 3:5)

Wouldn’t it be great if we could do our own thing and everything would turn out perfectly? For example, what if on a whim you crave the perfect chocolate chip cookies? You decide to mix together yummy ingredients at random, throw the pan in the oven, and voilà! Cookie perfection. Now, to some that lack of structure sounds crazy, but to others it sounds wonderful.

Our world today is built on sustainability; in other words, using our resources without depleting them. But without God, we are in fact not sustainable. On one end of a spectrum, we know that we have nothing without God, but on the other end, we know that all things are possible with him. Yet, we go through our lives making decisions without God in mind.

Where along the way do we decide to put God on a shelf, needed only for special occasions? God longs to be there for his children in all things—big, small, and everything in between. How different would our world be if we took time to pray intentionally and not limit God and what he can do?

No one is perfect. Everyone can look back and see where we could have brought God into our lives. However, at the end of the day, peace and faithfulness are available for us, along with grace and the promise of a new day.

Reflect on ways you tend to leave God out of the equation.

Maggie Slusher is a young pastor who is passionate about transformational spiritual formation—at every age and season in life. She takes any chance to get outdoors.

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