Here is an short real-life example that reminds me of the importance of what I say – and what others hear, and telling the WHOLE truth. -Ever so often everyday life gives us opportunities to see the big questions in a way we normal only talk about in hypotheticals. Say something (relationally, in competitive sports, business deals, etc.) doesn’t work out the way you desired it to. Do you chalk it up to not being “God’s will”? Or was it your fault because you didn’t do things right or put enough work into it? And something we rarely think about, but is very important, what do others think about how you talk about “who’s” responsible for the outcome.
I think I have a pretty healthy view of life. I understand my responsibility: work hard at everything I do, it says something not just about me, but also the God I serve. But I also understand the outcome (of everything) is in someway tied to the work God is doing in my life and the life of others. So no matter how much effort I put into something – my effort doesn’t guarantee the outcome I desired.
1. So what do I say about the outcome in those moments? God’s will or My fault…
2. What do others think (Christians and not) about my response, and does it really do justice to God and my responsibility?
Before you read the whole article, read this paragraph. What is your initial reaction?
“(Adrian) Gonzalez sat in a chair in front of his locker and insisted that it was all part of God’s plan that the Red Sox failed to make the playoffs (He is one of the star players on the team). ‘It’s definitely something that [we] didn’t plan for. We were wholly confident that we would make the playoffs but it didn’t happen,’ he said. ‘We didn’t do a better job with the lead. I’m a firm believer that God has a plan and it wasn’t in his plan for us to move forward.’”
Now read the whole article (it’s short) and see if your reaction changes.
3. How, if at all, did your reaction change after reading the whole article?