So I've Done It God's Way
by Michael Blackston
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Okay, so Iíve done it Godís way. What good has it done?
Itís normal to try and establish something tangible, something we can touch or see, to affirm ourselves when we think perhaps weíve done something well. We all like to see the end result or hear a few cheers aimed our direction. But thatís not the point of the Flow. Many times, we will get a visual or audible response, whether itís a sudden sparkle in someoneís eyes or a positive change in the tone of anotherís voice. But many, many times it is what happens down the road, after weíve made our mark, for good or bad, that is the result of how we directed our Flow in a given situation. I think itís good to have intangibles; otherwise weíd tend to get greedy.
We must choose the right reaction simply because it is the right and positive reaction. For a believer, that action is the pleasing will of God. For a non-believer, the assumption is that youíre reading this because you see at least the social value of treating others with kindness, patience, and understanding. Therefore, you would be interested in simply brightening anotherís day instead of dimming it.
Regardless of whether your intention is to do it specifically Godís way or not, the goal is the same - create a positive from a negative and be an orchestrator of good, not evil. So the answer to the question, ďWhat good has it done?Ē is the same for both of us. And the answer is Ö
Wait for it Ö
I believe, of course, that God knows and there is reward for treating others the way you would have them treat you; the Golden Rule and all that. But sometimes it just works out that we never find out how the movie ends. Weíre to do our part and if we have to leave the theater before the final scene is revealed, then so be it. Thatís why I personally take such joy in attempting to direct my Flow in the right way. If I pay close attention at the junction moment, I just may get a glimpse into the future I helped create. So I really wallow in the instance at hand, taking joy not only in knowing I did my part, but that I did it for God. At those times, I feel especially close to Him - partners in the same task.
Weíre to be happy with what we decided to do and live with whatever result comes of it. If you want to lash, thatís your decision. Live with it. If you want to create a positive from a negative, do it. Then live with it. Itís selfish and outside the point to be despondent because we might not see what good it did.
Now the next item when dealing with this subject: It truly might have done no good.
We have to face the fact that not every time we respond to a difficult situation, things will go well from there. Likely, theyíll change course on down the road. Thatís exactly what the devil was trying to do in the first place and heís not giving up. Itís only our responsibility to do what we can and leave the rest up to the next in line. Thatís one of the main reasons I starting writing this book. I felt like I could possibly make a difference by delivering this message to many. The more people who grasp the idea of directing their Flow in a manner pleasing to God, the more likely it will be that positive things will happen when I no longer have a say. This campaign starts here and meets with friends and acquaintances selected to have the opportunity to read it in its early stages, then maybe on a larger scale later. My hope is that the message of the Flow will be something that those reading this will grab onto and give it a try. I hope you will bite into the next touchy situation and realize you have the power within you to taste either the bitter or the sweet. And I hope that this will serve as encouragement not to wait on a situation to occur before you start directing your Flow, but to wake up and make the decision to live and think positively with gladness and love before your feet even touch the floor in the morning.
When we take charge of our attitude and channel it in good ways, good things happen. Thatís the good itís done, whether we always get to see it or not. As a believer in Jesus Christ, the knowledge that Iíve done Godís work is the reward. As Iíve said, I feel closer to Him then.
When I get up in the morning, I thank God for a new day and I offer myself as a living sacrifice to Him. I commit my day, my mind, and my world to Him first thing. I thank him for His goodness and His grace. I say a prayer for those in need around me and I ask for blessings over those who have hurt me. I ask for bridges to be built over bad blood and I pray for Godís wisdom. I start my day this way every morning and every morning Iím refreshed and ready to hit whatever is ahead of me with a smile.
Call me naÔve, if you like; thatís okay. If you say it to my face, be prepared for a genuine smile anyway and a God bless you. Itís one of the perks of being a Child of The King.
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