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“What Would Jesus Do?,” the title of a book by Charles Sheldon, as well as the phrase stamped on countless bracelets, t-shirts and other Christian schwag is really the right question to ask. When we have a mentor we trust, we often think about how they would react in a situation before we respond. Jesus tell us in John 14:6-7 that He is our all-time mentor in life: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”
But we live in the modern world, and He came from a simpler time! How can we know what Jesus would have done in our situation?
While it is true that the time period Jesus lived in was less technologically advanced, people were still people and there was plenty of modern day intrigue that occurred. They still struggled with hatred, jealousy, greed, lust, and dishonesty the same as today. And while Jesus’ teachings to his disciples and other followers may not specifically tie to something we are struggling with today, there are plenty of general guidelines in the Bible that we can apply to our personal circumstances.
In Psalm 119:105, David tells the Lord: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Reading and studying the Bible will strengthen our relationship with Jesus, which will help us discern His will. Just as working with and spending time with a mentor helps us to learn how to succeed in a certain profession, spending time in God’s word will help us to learn how to succeed at life.
Matthew 6: 27: Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
Affirmation: I surrender all my worry to God. He will take care of all my needs and desires.
Impatience with yourself can lead to frustration, anxiety, disappointment, lowered self-esteem, and all kinds of negative thoughts and feelings. You may even experience physical effects on your body, such as tensing in your neck and shoulders, extreme fatigue and incomplete breathing.
We’d all like to be perfect, but only God is perfect. We’d all like to avoid the discomfort of messing up, but that can’t happen, either. The truth is, we are all just a work-in-progress.
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. (Philippians 2:13)
It is okay to acknowledge our weaknesses, so that we can work to correct them. But impatience stems from dwelling on those weaknesses rather than saying “I may not be there yet, but I’m working on it.” Don’t let your mistakes and challenges cause you to lose your enthusiasm for personal improvement and spiritual growth.
God has high expectations for us, but he also knows we are going to mess up. God is the God of second chances and He will always be patient with us. We need to follow his example and learn to be patient with ourselves.
Remember that God is the one doing the work in us. Keeping that in mind will help to lighten the burden we feel to get better faster. God will work in us on his own time, and all we can do is cooperate. We do that by building and improving on our talents and abilities so that we can become the best we can be.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (Philippians 1:6)
Then one day after lunch, he turned to his mother and said: “Soup’s cold.”
His mother hugged him and exclaimed:
“Son, I’ve waited so long to hear you speak! Your father and I have been worried sick. So why have you never said a single word in all these years?”
The boy said: “Up until now, everything’s been OK.”
Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. (Philippians 4: 11)