by Edith Pont, M.A., Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with Turning Point Counseling
The past two months have been difficult for our family. We welcomed an 8½-year-old girl to our home. Although we have experience as foster parents, we were not expecting the challenges that a child with higher level of care requires. We were under the impression that we were providing respite care (a couple of days minimum), but God had His plan. Regardless, we decided to take the additional training to get certified as Intensive Treatment Foster Parents. Taking those 40 hours felt like a huge inconvenience. My plans were to continue studying and preparing for my licensing exam and we had some other things we are working on as a couple. With this new goal in mind, all my plans were put aside.
How many times have you felt that God has inconvenienced your life? Maybe you felt inconvenienced when your neighbor asked you to take care of their dog for the weekend. Maybe it was when your co-worker’s car broke down and needed a ride home, which is opposite direction of your home. Maybe you felt inconvenienced when your pastor asked you to host the next prayer night in your home. Whatever the inconvenience, remember that these can be occasions for you to glorify God… it’s about putting yourself aside in order to allow God to come between you and someone in need. It really is about glorifying God with your life.
Despite of all my excuses and personal plans, God’s timing is always perfect. Having her in our home is not a coincidence – it is God’s perfect plan. Although our world has been turned upside down, we trust that God is doing a great work in her and in turn building our character. Today, I invite you to be open to the inconveniences that come your way. Look at them as opportunities to reflect the light of Christ. After all, Christ experienced the ultimate inconvenience for you to have eternal salvation!
Rest in His Word: Philippians 2:5-7
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” (NIV)
• What is God trying to teach me with this inconvenience?
• Have I been too full of myself to notice others in need?
• What is one thing I can intentionally do today to help someone?
Edith Pont, M.A.
REGISTERED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST INTERN
Supervised by Cathryn I. Harris, PhD #PSY13199
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