Each week, we share a devotional that was written by one of our partners! This week’s words of reflection were written by Todd Scott.

The Word:
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NASB)

The Story:
I was a young, successful executive and had achieved levels not reached by many of my contemporaries.  My confidence level was high because I grew up poor, and I had achieved high status, excellent income, and a great family.  Without notice, my status vanished.  I was no longer viewed as the wonder kid with the potential to be a top executive at the company.  I was crushed and could not understand how this had happened. Bottom line, I was now in a role that did not allow me to be on the track I once was on, and my ego was bruised. I once heard that when one’s ego is playing a big role in what they do, they are Edging God Out.  I was clearly doing this. In this new, seemingly less important role, I was finally able to listen to what God had to say to me.  I needed to realize that the gifts He blessed me with were needed in my church.  I, however, always had an excuse as to why I could not commit the time that was required.  In my new role, I had plenty of extra time.  I was able to help the church better manage its finances and assist with contracts. I was doing this for God’s glory, not my own!  Doing His work in a humble fashion really helped me realize how off track I had been. As time passed, my heart began to change. Later, I was blessed with a new, more fulfilling role at my company. More importantly, I had peace that I had never before experienced.

The Reflection:
How do we view changes in our lives that are opposite of our desires? Are we constantly seeking what the Lord desires for our lives?

The Application:
We need to understand that when we put the Lord first in our lives, His desires become our desires.  As difficult situations arise, let us remember to focus on the Lord, and pray that His will would be done in our lives.

The Prayer:
Thank you God for helping us to realize that You are all-knowing and Your will is perfect. We pray our view of how we should live as Your humble servants aligns with what You desire of us. Amen.