Forget About God’s Will for Your Life


OK, parents, this one’s for us primarily because we cannot expect our kids to follow what we do not model. In Francis Chan’s book Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit, Chan maintains that believers spend way too much time searching for God’s perfect will for their lives at the expense of daily obedience. Here are a few of the highlights:

  1. The decisions we make next year will be profoundly affected by the degree to which we are obedient today.
  2. The Bible repeatedly suggests that God works through His people through their daily obedience. Abraham was told to pack up and start walking…that is all he knew…that is exactly what he did.
  3. For God to reveal all His plans for us would minimize the faith required on our part and may ultimately lead to less reliance on The Lord.
  4. Many of us fall victim to the belief that it is safer to follow Jesus someday instead of this day.
  5. As a result, we spiritualize our lives a little to keep us out of trouble and ask God to join us on OUR journey.

For many of us, so much of our parenting focuses on our children’s obedience.

I wrote this because the hypocrisy in my own life on this matter made me uncomfortable as a parent. Hopefully, the issue is just mine alone.


Until next time…

Excerpts borrowed from:

Chan, F. Forgotten god: Reversing our tragic neglect of the Holy Spirit. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2009. Print.

About Jeffrey D. Potts, Ed.D.

Raised on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country, Jeff Potts, Ed.D., grew up learning the importance of hard work and family values. A graduate of Baylor University, he has master’s degrees from two universities and earned his Ed.D. in teaching and learning from a fourth institution. Potts launched his pedagogical career in the 1990s, working full-time with students and parents. READ MORE→