Lord, help me know your ways

Because the Lord is righteous and good, He teaches sinners the path they should follow.

He leads the humble in the right way and teaches them His will.

With faithfulness and love He leads all who keep His covenant and obey His commandments. (Psalms 25: 8-10)

Today is the first Sunday of Advent (the period preceding Christmas). I just can’t believe how the time has flown. This would be that part where I just stare into space and ask, “Where did all the time go?”

Christmas is practically right around the corner. That still sounds hard to believe. People have actually started putting up Christmas decorations because in less than a month we’ll be celebrating the birth of Christ. Would you believe that?

Many people around the world –Christians and non-Christians alike- are waiting excitedly for that festive season. To the former it is because the birth of Christ signifies so much; new beginnings and all, whereas to the latter it’s about the festivities; fun trips, parties, gifts…merrymaking and all.

In my opinion, Christmas also shows that the year is coming to end. We’re counting days now, before we cross over to Year 2016. That means this is that time of the year when we start evaluating whether we achieved the resolutions we set when the New Year was starting.

The verse above (in italics) was our responsorial psalm in church today, and it had me thinking about a few things.

Primarily, it’s a prayer, asking for God’s guidance. That reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend a few weeks ago. We were talking about relationships and he asked me how one knows when they’ve found ‘the one’.

As I’m not a love guru, I answered him based on my Christian belief and a few experiences. For starters, I am of the opinion that relationships don’t last nowadays. And if I was to put in my two cents worth on the matter, I would say it’s because majority of us lost track of what people should be looking for in relationships. If for instance, two people get together for financial reasons, it goes without saying that if God-forbid the money runs out, even the relationship goes, ‘bye-bye’.

There’s this one time my sisters and I paid our paternal grams a visit and she was saying, “Nowadays young people are spending too much money on weddings, even taking loans to fund those extravagant events, yet very few of them are lasting for more than five years”.

So what’s the problem really?

I feel many people have turned away from God. Sex is not sacred anymore, in any case it’s been reduced into a currency that the better of us give in exchange for goods and services; people worship money, such that the penurious are treated like pariahs, who don’t have a place in society; and because of this importance we’ve attached to money, people are doing just about anything to get it. We’re practically ignoring all that’s right because as most ask, “How far will being good get you?”

In my humble opinion, we should go back to God. Seek His guidance in all that we do, and He will never fail us. Regarding the question my friend asked me about knowing when you’ve found the right partner, I told him to pray. That sounds cliché I know, but it’s something I learned from experience.

See there’s this guy I was so into; I even told my mom about him because I was almost sure he was the one I would be spending forever with. He proposed informally and that put me in that place where I knew the decision I would make would be one of the most important ones I’d be making in my life. So I embarked on praying, asking God to help me make the right choice.

It’s been a few years since then and given that I’m still single, it obviously means I said no. In the course of the brief relationship we had, I found out a few things, which if I had found out later, we would have divorced. Point is, praying feels a bit overrated, especially for those who haven’t established that personal connection with God, but it actually works.

However, there’s one thing I believe; for as long as the sun shines and the earth rotates in its axis, we’ll always need God; whether we realize it or not. And like my friend asked me, “How do you know you’re making the right choice?”

My answer was, “God will grant you that discernment, to know what is right or wrong. The conviction will be so strong and everything around you will point towards the right thing/person. You will know it.”

Therefore, as we prepare our hearts to welcome the new-born Christ in our hearts, and as we assess the decisions we’ve been making since the year began, it’s imperative that we seek God’s guidance in all we do, and trust me; God never fails those who rely on Him.

“Teach me your ways, O Lord;

Make them known to me.

Teach me to live according to your truth,

for you are my God, who saves me.

I always trust in you. (Psalms 25: 4-5).

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8 thoughts on “Lord, help me know your ways

    1. alygeorges Post author

      Hi Jackojack, I’m sorry for the delayed reply. Thank you for taking time to read and to leave a comment. I greatly appreciate it. 🙂
      I wish you a Merry Christmas. 🙂

      Reply
  1. lookingforthelightblog.wordpress.com

    Hi my friend
    I have been to ill to reply to your most recent post but I had to say Merry Christmas. We are blessed to know the reason for the season. I think of you often and hope life is taking you far & wide. Enjoy every minute. Our lives go in the direction of thoughts and where our eyes focus. You are so smart, blessed by God and have everything in front of you.
    The greatest blessing of blogging for me is opening my heart. At 52 I truly didn’t know how much better I feel helping others. 2015 was the year I became Ordained and started Tree of Life Ministries. Lyme is holding me down but I learn everyday. When well I can jump in to the next blessing.
    I hope you have nice plans for the day Jesus was born. Sometimes I still can’t take in the awesomeness of God, Jesus died for my sins. WOW!
    Sorry to go on, being very ill brings so much to the surface.
    Hugs
    M

    Reply
    1. alygeorges Post author

      Hey M, I’m so delighted to read from you…but sad to know you’re still ill. But I told you we won’t despair; we’re praying until that Lyme’s becomes just another dark memory in the long, healthy life ahead of you. I think of you everyday and I believe our merciful God is taking all those prayers we’re saying into account.
      Pray Until Something Happens; that’s my new mantra. So don’t give up, OK?
      Thank you for the Christmas wishes. 🙂 On my part I’m doing ok. I’m on a two weeks break. Will be resuming classes in January.
      I wish you the merriest of Christmases and I also send you many warm hugs.
      ❤ ❤ ❤
      Happy Holidays! 🙂

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      1. lookingforthelightblog.wordpress.com

        Big Hugs
        Enjoy time off. Are you a senior now? Lyme has affected my cognitive ability, I forget a lot. What are you studying?
        Lyme gets me down at times but that attitude gets me nowhere. I actually worry more about money. IV Therapy is $6,000 a month. We’re blessed to have the money, it still bothers me at times we’re spending our retirement. I have to give my burden to God, let him know I will not give up.
        So glad to hear from you.
        Merry Christmas
        🙂
        M

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