Monday, August 25, 2014

The Peaks & Valleys

Roller coaster [life]…..favorite ride 
Life can feel like one big roller coaster. Along the way you will experience the Peaks (ups) and the Valleys (downs). Regardless if you are currently experiencing a peak or a  valley, you must remember God is with you all the time.

Many times In the past, in both my Alpha group and my Men’s group I have heard the question asked, “Why does God let bad things happen to good people?” My response to this is and will always be: “Maybe you need to experience the bad times (Valleys) and learn to have God by your side, then
 in the future you will truly cherish and appreciate what God is doing for you during the good times (Peaks) in your life.

If you never experience the bad times (Valleys) in your life, how will you ever be able to separate the difference between the highs and lows and truly be grateful for the good times (Peaks) in your life.

"When times are good, be joyful; when times are bad, consider this: God made the one as well as the other, so people won't seek anything outside of his best." Ecclesiastes 7:14

Many people (including myself) get 
a little lazy or forget a little about God when times are good (Peaks of life). Maybe it is because we get busy and caught up in all the positive good things that are happening in our lives during these Peak, that we forget to acknowledge Him. So during the good times, we should not forgot how we got here and Whom (God) got us through the Valleys to these Peaks.

We rely so much on God during the Valleys when things are not going so great in our lives. For many, this is when we reach out to Him and get the closest 
we ever have to God. During these Valleys, for once in our lives, we ask Him genuine questions on life and not “requests or favors”. We desperately depend on Him to help us get through these hard times, these Valleys that we all experience throughout of lives. And it may take time for God to answer and help during these Valleys, but He is always listening and wanting us to turn to him. It is unfortunate that for most it is during these bad times (Valleys) of your life that we truly turn to God and fully acknowledge him. So my question to you is “Shouldn’t you fully acknowledge and pursue God even more when times are good, during the Peaks when you can see all of God’s gifts he is giving you?” The answer is Yes!

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who’ve been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 

It just may change your image of God, that he is loving and listening and there for you. It may take time to answer your prayers and not all of them will be answered, because maybe God knows better. So I want you to think back however far back it takes to when you asked God for something to change in your life or improve, etc. Maybe you didn’t realize it, but He really did answer your prayer (albeit, it wasn’t an instant answer). When life is going good, stop and truly appreciate what God is doing for you in your life and give Him the credit. Get to know God during the Peaks, not just the Valleys.

All of the little peaks and valleys of your journey in life make it worth living, especially when you turn to God  give Him thanks and praise during both the highs and lows.

So don’t forget God during the good times in your life, because
God is good, all the time.

- Ross

Stay tuned, next post coming soon!

“The Passing of Time”
How much time is really cherished and deserved? How much do we really appreciate, or waste?  You should not be so afraid to fail, that you don’t truly live.