You might ask what is Orientation? Orientation is a week of learning about missions and is a great time of encouragement. We also have lots of fun from fishing on the pond to fellowship with our fellow brethren. During this time we have great men speak to us and teaches us what we need to know to become a successful missionary. During this week I have learned many things and would like to write in this blog about a few things I have learned.
First, is I need to have a better attitude. It says in Proverbs 23:7, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.” This means that what I think in my heart then that is who I really am. I don’t know about you, but I often times have a bad attitude and that bad attitude reflects who I am. A bad attitude can be lots of things such as covetous, fear, pride, doubt, taker, temper, and so many more. There is one way though to get rid of these bad attitudes and that is getting into God’s word. We need to quit thinking about ourselves and think of Christ. Our attitude ought to be to please God and serve Him with our lives.
Second, is I need to prioritize my schedule. I always like to say that I don’t have time for stuff, but the problem is I don’t prioritize my time. I must be disciplined and stick to a schedule to get the most out of my time. Also having a to-do list every day and prioritizing what needs to be done that day. Another is I must not get distracted which is very easily done if you aren’t disciplined with your time. I have to realize who I am and bust my butt every day to accomplish great things for God.
Third, is I need to be a man of character. I need to have integrity and be who I say I am. Job is a great example of integrity and no matter what happens in life I must still follow and serve my God. Job believed and trusted in God and stayed faithful to Him, so shouldn’t my heart always be set on God and never turn my back on Him. There are many bewares such as pride, temptations, sin, trials, and so many more. Despite all these things though we must be strong in the Lord and take heed to His word and apply it to our lives. I must believe in my Savior and have faith and live my life completely for Him.
Fourth, is I need brokenness in my life. Often times we our faced with trials and hard times, but I think God uses that to draw us closer to Him. When things go wrong in our lives we must know that God is in control and still must worship and serve Him. Just as a wild horse must be broken to ride, we must be broken to be used by God. Satan loves to make us focus on temporary vain things, but we must focus on our great God. We don’t trust God because of our circumstances, but trust Him because He is God all mighty. Our circumstances are small in God’s eyes, so we must trust in Him and have faith that He can meet every need.
Fifth, is I must quit doubting God all mighty. It says in James 1:5-8, “5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” Here in these verses we see that God is willing to give us wisdom and if we simply have faith then He will give it to us. But often times as Christians we waver or doubt God’s capability of actually doing something in our lives. The truth is that God wants to show us His power, but we must BELIEVE that He is able! Faith in God is huge and must have it if we won’t God to use our lives. A doubtful mind hinders God’s work in our life. So its about time for us to get down on our hands and knees and pray our hearts out and start BELIEVING that God is able to work in our lives.
These are just a few things that I have learned this week and that God has really dealt with me about. I hope that this will be a blessing to you and will help you grow your relationship with Christ.
By: Andrew Wilder