Posted by: mikenicholsblog | March 20, 2011

pleasing and contagious

Today will bring a new set of challenges. As you begin a new week, I am sure you would like each decision to be confronted with wisdom. Too often we all give intellectual assent to wanting wisdom from above, and then make decisions that are anything but from above. Just a few years ago I bought a new red vehicle based on its looks, my selfishness, and the smelling the interior. Now that was a thought out, prayerful decision to be sure. When the per gallon price of gas rose, I was beyond disappointed at myself. And I ended up never enjoying the vehicle. I know better, but I made a bad choice. If you are like me, you want your faith to be shown by the wisdom you express each day. When we live from God’s perspective (wisdom), our actions will be appropriate, our words will be pleasing to Him, and our faith will be contagious. Sometimes in life, the challenges take center stage and faith is relegated to backstage. But in Christ, wisdom for every challenge is available today.

Psalm 19:14
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer.

Preparation for the day is a key in letting our faith be pleasing to the Father. There is a direct correlation to how I seek the Lord, and how His wisdom is seen in me. The Psalmist shows us the desire we all seek. When our words and hearts are pleasing to the Father, those around us will see a better picture of how faith works. How is your preparation for each day? Is there a pattern of seeking, or do the daily battles take center stage? Since daily challenges will never go away, sincere Christ followers need to prepare our hearts to be pleasing to the Father, and continually ask for wisdom. We may not get all the answers we want, but when wisdom is given, we will make right choices. If our heart and our words are pleasing in His sight, wisdom is seen, and our faith takes center stage.

None of us are sure just how the opportunities of today will be used by the Father. I can’t fix all of my yesterdays, but today is new. Someone will need what you have to offer because of your faith. Prepare with a heart that is seeking the Father, and the words and actions of your life will show His wisdom.

James 4:17-18
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace- loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.

We all have a red truck story. With each new day however, we have the opportunity in Christ to show forth His wisdom. In our daily challenges today and this week, there will be opportunities to live out our faith with wisdom. You and I will be tempted to make earth-bound decisions, based on human rationale. Since we know the truth, and have His wisdom available, determine with me to live on purpose and let faith take center stage. Forget yesterday, and live today with wisdom.


  1. Your timing is just right for this blog. I may have made a mistake last Saturday, praying God will me wisdom to handle it today.

    • Rick,

      Just trust the Father for present power. You are a Godly man….

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