Since October is going to dedicated to nothing but the best, and I mean nothing but 31 Days to More of God’s Best and Less of the Mess (read more about that here) I thought we could dig into what that phrase really means.
31 Days to More of God’s Best is definitely not a prosperity gospel thing. As much as I want it to rain money from the sky (and believe me, I do…) that’s not really at all what this month is exploring. Pursuing more of God’s best and less of the mess really means asking ourselves how, as followers of Jesus, can we be part of the solution instead the problem.
The followers of Jesus part is important, because it’s His Spirit and His Kingdom that we’re praying for more of, and the solution starts with asking how can we love ourselves and others more, because love really gets to the bottom of a lot of this world’s messes.
How can we look at people’s needs – the love of Jesus and others, healthy food, clean water, safe living spaces, clean clothing, education, financial fitness, purpose, creativity and expression – and help meet them so they know that they are loved and valued?
How can we feed our people well, take care of ourselves physically and emotionally, create safe and welcoming homes, use kind words in place of demeaning ones, encourage our friends’ gifts and talents, give hope to those who need it, and enjoy and share the blessings God’s given us?
Ad how can we overcome those things that stand between us and our ability to love well and live well and help others overcome them, too?
The best part is that while each person aiming for more of God’s best makes a difference, it’s even better when we do it together. We may not ever be perfect at it, but we can march in the right direction.
So that’s what October is all about. Thinking about how we can make that a reality. It might look like food, it might look like decorating, it might look like contemplations, and it might look like stuff to hang on our walls and make our houses purrty, but it’s definitely all going to be shooting at the best.
And we’ll also be pausing to celebrate where we already see that best. We’re doing that last part with short posts about how we already see God’s best in our lives or how we’re working toward that. You can see what that looks like tomorrow and you can email your own submission to firstname.lastname@example.org (check out Friday’s post for more on that, too).
It’s never too late to jump in! Follow along here…
The Intro Stuff
What Does More of God’s Best and Less of the Mess Mean?
How to Get Involved
Where Does the Best Come From?
Free 8×10 Scripture Art Printable of 1 John 4:4b
Guest Post: More of God’s Best in My Life (Krystle)
A Dose of Hope and Preview of What’s to Come
God’s Best in Your Life
God’s Best in Our Families
God’s Best in Our Community
Psst, more good stuff…
Jen Hatmaker’s post on the question “Why does God allow pain and suffering?” is sooo good. Seriously, read it. Print it. Share it on your Facebook walls.
Edie at Life in Grace is sharing a menu plan for the entire month of October, and I’m pretty sure this just made October even more awesome.