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This was a recent comment: “I just want to thank you for putting this up. I am dealing with so much and I felt like completely giving up. I typed in “What am I supposed to do now God,” and it led me straight to you. Thank you.”

I don’t write these posts for glory, nor do I write it for praise. The neatest thing about this blog is that anywhere in the world, at anytime, some one’s going through a difficult situation and is online looking for a clue. Don’t we all do that at some point? If it’s not actually typing in the key words, “What am I supposed to do now God?” it’s something else. Computer games. Stock tips. Beauty tips. Fashion. Entertainment. Scripture verses. Other people. Save our time. Save our money. Save our environment. Save ourselves.

Last Sunday’s service at church was a great one, with several people baptised at a special service. The pastor at the end talked about living by faith and not by sight, and how our lives tend to miss out on things when we live by sight. It’s such an important verse, I think, because I can see how limited I feel when I live by sight. As well, I can see how rich my life became when I lived by faith.

Deciding to put my hands in Christ was a step in faith, and I have never been better off than I have since making that decision. So it excites me to think of what God’s going to do with my life tomorrow, the next month, the next year. It’s not easy to live by faith, that I know. When you’ve got a young boy and a wife to support, I’m often quicker to look at what’s in front of me than to live trusting in the one who saved me. I’m more often to search the Internet for advice on investing than I am to search for tips on how to pray more effectively.

If we live by faith, we can, and will be, surprised. I look forward to the following months of uncertainty. I will enter university again as a mature student, studying Teacher Education, and then enter a job market that’s not necessarily growing. Will I have work at the end of my studies? Will my family be provided for? Tough questions when familyhood is new to you.

But I will write, and hope that you join with me in prayer. The answer to the question, “What am I supposed to do now, God?” is an important question to ask, and I’ve probably asked it every day. God’s got the answers; all we need to do is listen to his voice, through prayer and scripture.

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"Wanderlust: A Social History of Travel," by Laura Byrne Paquet (Fredericton:Goose Lane Editions, 2007) "The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping malls, and the Search for Home," by Pico Iyer (Toronto: Random House of Canada, 2000). "Outliers: The Story of Success," by Malcolm Gladwell (New York: Little, Brown, and Company, 2008).

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