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02 November 2012
Dear God Tracker
God-Tracking Is Never Quitting the Faith Walk
One of Jim Burke’s first projects, when he became the head of a new products division at Johnson & Johnson, was the development of a children's chest rub. The product failed miserably and Jim expected that he would be fired. However, when he was called to explain his failure before the chairman of the board, Robert Wood Johnson, he was most surprised to be asked, "Are you the one who just cost us all that money? Well I just want to congratulate you,” continued Johnson. “If you are making mistakes, that means you are taking risks, and we won't grow unless you take risks." Some years later, when Burke himself became chairman of Johnson & Johnson, he continued to spread that same word.
God-tracking is a very precarious lifestyle. As Christians we make the bold statement that some ancient writings and an invisible force are our guide in life. Then we make life-changing decisions which are based upon mere belief. Undoubtedly there will be many times when we will make mistakes and seemingly fail in our endeavor to please our invisible God or walk by his directives. But just like Jim Burke in our story above, when we do seem to fail and then approach the throne of the One we serve we shall hear him say, “Walk by faith and not by sight!” You see, without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seriously seek him. And faith is being sure of what we hope for and what we cannot yet see. God-tracking is a risky business but unless we take those risks we will not grow in faith.
So, if you’re sulking about today because of some failure in your Christian walk or because you have failed in your career, your relationships or finances then congratulate yourself. As Robert Johnson said, “If you are making mistakes, that means you are taking risks.” And if you’re taking risks then you’re stepping out in faith and if you’re walking by faith then you’re pleasing God. You are in good company: Peter, Paul, Elijah, Jonah and Moses, among others, all made mistakes or seemed to fail at one point or another. If you made no mistakes in life then you’d have something to boast about but God’s word reminds us to boast in the Lord, not in self. Therefore, continue to acknowledge the Lord your God in all you do and trust that, no matter how many mistakes you make, he will still direct your paths.
God-tracking is never quitting the faith walk.
Keep your eyes on Jesus.
It’s all in the Book. Read more…
2 Corinthians 5:7
1 Corinthians 1:20-31
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Verse of the Week
1 Corinthians 1:31
Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
Quote of the Week
A Sample of Dudley’s Fave Quotes.
“It is easier for me to have faith in the Bible than to have faith in D. L. Moody, for Moody has fooled me lots of times.” --- D. L. Moody
Don’t Give-up, Look-up!
Look-up and Fix Your Eyes On Jesus!
Lord I Seek Your Blessing
The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.
"Dear Father God, I confess that I have made many, many mistakes in life. Sometimes I feel like a right failure. I do repent of the times that I have disobeyed you or failed in sin in any way. Sin is always wrong and I turn from sin. However, Lord for the times that I have honestly endeavored to succeed in my work, my family and my private life but have failed I ask for your strength to get up and try again. I put my faith wholeheartedly in you and your power to succeed in all I do. Your word reminds me that your blessing brings success – Lord I seek your blessing and continue to acknowledge you in all I do. Amen."
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