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Tuesday, July 19, 2011 @ 5:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -
"Why has it been difficult for you to fully live as God intended?" This question has been taking up a lot of my meditation time as I process the journey I am on with my Father. His highest desire is that I become all that He intended me to be, and He is not comparing me to other people. In my last blog I was processing what I might have done differently looking back over my life if I were more comfortable with who God made me to be and less busy trying to please other people or meet their expectations. I have spent time talking about this concept with many friends and associates, and I believe there are at least 6 significant and probably universal reasons why we struggle to fully live as God intended. Here are the six reasons, which I will explore in more detail in future blogs: 
  1. Not understanding God's incredible unconditional love for me, just as I am.   
  2. Lack of faith and complete trust in God which leads me to think it is up to me to meet my needs and the needs of those around me.
  3. Fear, especially the fear of man. As soon as I make decisions based on fearing others and what they think more than fearing God and what he desires, I head off in the wrong direction.
  4. The cares of daily life consuming my focus and time. "…but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful."   (Mark 4:19)
  5. Not cultivating the ability to hear God's voice because of my natural default to effort and activity vs. rest, especially as a "type A", driven person. I hear
    more clearly when I take time to be still which helps me to not get off track.
  6. Not understanding my purpose, calling, gifts, and temperament, which leads me to respond to needs rather than calling.
When I asked our company pastor, Rich Sprenkel, why he had struggled to be "Rich" over the years, he gave me an excellent summary response. "I have not always been Rich mostly because of the fear of man and not trusting God completely because I didn't understand the goodness of God. "I'm Rich now and I am at rest."  I have clearly seen the increase of peace and rest in Rich in recent years as he has focused on the goodness of God.

While I think the six reasons I outlined above capture some universal struggles we have as believers, Rich reminds me that there is another key reason we struggle and that is not understanding and fully believing in the goodness of God. This leads to not believing He has my best interest at heart and wants to shower me with His favor. If I truly believed in His goodness then many of the above reasons would be less significant. But that is a topic for another day.

Comments
Wonderful words spoken from the heart... I too must take time to ponder and let the truth of what you have written sink in as I spend time with the Lord. Thanks, my friend! Hope you are having a wonderful summer and tell Kaylinn,"Hi" from me~ Blessings, Wallis
Wallis @ 8:31:00 AM 7/19/2011
Love this Doug - keep writing. Can I have permission to reproduce this message? It is so applicable to people following after their dreams - and every area of life. Andy (http://idreamculture.com/blog)
Andy Mason @ 9:04:00 PM 9/28/2011

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