My personality is one that is very relaxed. I try to let things play out as they will instead of stepping out in front of them to change the outcome. With that being said, I’m always ready for the moment God calls me to adjust my plans at the last moment. Whatever I may have going on, it’s never too important or too scheduled that God can’t interrupt it.
God’s will is what has to be done each moment of the day. When I let myself walk in this way, instead of focusing on my own agenda, I experience a peace and comfort knowing that He is the one in control. I can cast my anxieties on Him because there is nothing too big for God. I can take a step back and know that when I say “yes” to Him, everything that needs to be done will be done.
This year I’ve made it a priority to get up extra early, before my daughter wakes up, so I can have uninterrupted time with God in His Word. Carving out this time has been a huge part of my spiritual growth, allowing me to glean so much more from His Word. Distractions are always around, and it’s very easy to let them crowd our thoughts if we choose the wrong place or time of day. But in the first hour that I wake up, my mind is clean. I haven’t allowed myself time to worry about tomorrow or focus on today’s plans. The first thing I want my eyes on is God’s truth. When I intentionally create these times for me to be with God, it makes all the difference in the world.
I’m thankful to be walking through this journey of faith with other Christian men. When I’m reading and something sticks out to me as significant or confusing, I am not afraid to shoot a text within our group chat to ask questions. I could research the topic on my own, which I also do, but I also like to create a dialogue among those I’m growing with. There’s something great about having brothers and sisters in Christ to talk things through with. Everyone has a different perspective and a different way of approaching God’s Word. Opening the Bible together allows us to gain a deeper understanding of God’s truths.
Being a dad has taught me so much patience. Allowing Lyla to express her feelings while I sit back and wait for her to figure things out isn’t easy for me. Her job right now is to grow and discover, and while she does, she will make mistakes. She might want to run into a wall once in a while but she’ll learn. It’s my job to protect, guide and love her, but I also don’t want to be too quick to solve her problems, jumping into action every time she doesn’t know what to do. She is in the process of developing her own personality and strengths.
I think that’s exactly what God is doing in our lives each and every day. He allows us to discover, grow and make mistakes, always ready to guide us back to what is right. We have to learn to take a step back and allow our Father to lead us so we can fully understand why we are placed here or there.
There is so much to learn through the Christian walk, but there is so much beauty for us to experience when we walk through it with God.
— Luke Weaver, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher
Luke Weaver is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing articles and opinions. Check out Luke’s Increase profile here.
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