Why am I still here?

By Dave Henning / August 27, 2015

“The way of a fool is right in  his own eyes. but a wise man listens to advice.”- Proverbs 12:15

John Ortberg continues his discussion of ways (five and six) God’s wisdom can lead us to and help us through open doors we encounter.

5.  Pray the Lloyd’s Prayer.  Pastor Ortberg states that things happen when we begin to lay our problems out before the Lord.  When an elderly shoe salesman named Lloyd suffered a serious heart attack, doctors told him he should have died.  That prompted Lloyd to pray the question. “Why am I still here?”

The author notes that the truth of the kingdom of God is written on our hearts.  We were made for the open door.

6.  Ask some wise people to help you.  John writes that “everybody needs a door-selection committee.”  We all need wise counsel, because there’s a fool inside each one of us.  As the life of King Solomon testifies, the battle for wisdom is unending.

Left to our own devices, we tend to miss doors because (a) we fail to consider the full range of options God has before us or (b) we suffer from confirmation bias-seeking information that confirms our opinion rather than looking for the unvarnished truth.

We need to associate with Christians who love and care for us, are trustworthy, and exhibit good judgment.

Today’s question: How would you answer Lloyd’s prayer question- Why am I still here?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Failure tolerance”


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