Okay, so as Christians, we know we should always desire the glory of God above all things. But have there ever been times when you’ve minimized a situation to fit your more rational mindset? Have you ever overlooked something simple because you thought there was no way God could be in it? I know I have. So, here are three habits of humanism I came to recognize when it began to creep into my life.
The Extraordinary Becomes Ordinary:
Okay, if I’m being honest, I can tell you that not many extraordinary or exciting events really happen in my daily life – school, work, hobbies, church, repeat. So, it often comes as a reflex reaction to be stunned when the extraordinary occurs. Problem is, often times I’m not stunned the way I should be. For example, you are walking down the street, on the way home, on the way to class, etc. and you see an old friend whom you haven’t seen in months, or even years. What is your first reaction? I am ashamed to admit that often this is my first reaction: Oh my goodness! I can’t believe we happened to be here at the same time! What a coincidence! When, in all sincerity, my reaction should have been more along the lines of I’m so happy and grateful the Lord put them in my path today! See the difference? One says, “Hey thanks, Chance.” The other, “Thank you, Lord.” So, here’s the first hint: realize when you are underestimating the Lord’s ability and providence.
The Daily “Thank You, Lord!” Disappears
Remember when you were younger, and you always prayed, “Thank you, Jesus, for Grams and Gramps. Thank you, Lord, for Mama and Papa. Thank you for my dog and for this wonderful day. In Jesus’ name, Amen!” Okay, okay, maybe it wasn’t quite like that, but something along those lines? Has your prayer changed from a list of “thank yous” to a list of “pleases”? I noticed a little while ago that mine had. Instead of realizing the blessings that He had bestowed upon me in such grand amounts, I ignored them and began looking for more material, emotional, social, and mental satisfaction (yes, thinking can actually be addictive). So, here’s the second hint: realize when your prayer changes from a list of “thank yous” to a list of “pleases” and nip it in the bud!
The Daily Search Wains
From a young age, I was taught to seek the face of the Lord daily. But then, when I couldn’t see Him or His power daily, the search began to lessen, when in reality I should have started searching differently. I should have been searching in the little things – in the rainbow, in the sunset, in the still small Voice. I was looking for a big God in a big world, but I should have been looking for a big God in my little word. Then I would have surely seen Him because He was there the entire time – when I cried alone, when I laughed alone, when I thought alone. When I saw evil, I missed the good because I was looking for the good only where I wanted it to be. So, here’s the third and final hint: realize when you want God to instantly gratify you with His power and presence, and remember that He uses His power and presence for His glory, so instead look for where He would achieve the most glory, align your desire with His, and you will see Him at work.
So, every time you come across any situation you consider ordinary, look for the extraordinary in it. Every time you pray, be truly thankful and make your prayer a prayer of thanksgiving. Every time you search for the Lord, remember to look in the little, inconspicuous places.