A rare question….

Yesterday I had lunch with a dear friend. As lunch was ending and the chit-chat was coming to a close she asked me a questions that I’ve rarely been asked.

What do you want?

In life people seldom ask me what I really want. As Christians, they may ask me what is God’s will in my life. I’ve been asked what does Hank want. People have asked me if that’s really the  best thing for me? Or, sounding like Dr. Phil, they may ask me how’s that working for me? But rarely has anyone ever asked me “what do you want?”

I actually know what I want. And I honestly believe that what I want is what God wants  for me because it combines His word with my passion.

I just don’t know the answer to the other questions like when, where, and how? And that’s where faith comes into play.

Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. Hebrews 11:1 (Amplified Bible)

I don’t have to know how, where or when. I just have to believe that what God has placed in my heart will come to pass. It’s really that simple.

It’s funny that the simple becomes complicated so easily for me. It starts when I start trying to figure it all out…. and it usually gets worse from there.

Today I can choose to believe instead of trying to figure it out. I can choose to trust that God’s timing is perfect instead of trying to rush things along. And I can choose to be in the moment instead of trying to live in the future. It’s all up to me.

How would you respond to the question,

“What do you want?”

Prayer & Weights

I often find myself praying, quoting scripture, and confessing my faith when I’m at the gym. For example, when I’m working my core I ask that it be as strong as my core beliefs.  I have a simple confession that goes something like this….

I believe that you, God, are the creator of heaven and earth. I believe that you sent your son to be born of a virgin, that he died on the cross, was resurrected on the third day. I believe that is only through Jesus that we have relationship with you.  I believe that the Holy Spirit lives in and among us. I believe that one day your son will return to bring your children home.

Such a simple confession of faith but powerful because it reminds me of who God is in me and who I am in Christ. It’s the very core of what I believe and it’s absolutely non-negotiable.

As I make this confession while working my abs, physical core is coming into alignment with my spiritual core. You just wait, one day I’ll have those abs of steel as the physical representation of my spiritual truth!