Trusting God is an interesting thing. Sometimes, it seems easier to trust Him with the intangible things - the gift of salvation, eternal life and freedom from slavery to sin, etc. But things I can actually, physically count and see? Not so much. Finances tend to be a sticky thing. Money is easily quantifiable - and an area I trust(ed) God the least.
One of my milestone moments of 2011 was making the jump from a steady, middle-management position to full-time freelance design and illustration at home. This decision served as a catalyst for much of my personal and spiritual growth over the last year.
It was a leap of faith - and I quickly learned where my faith was placed.
Daniel was a great model for missional living. A literal stranger in a strange land, he found himself in a culture that didn't share his devotion to the one, true God. He remained uncompromisable in his new environment - and responded to the new culture with respect, humility and proved himself to be a worthy asset - all while keeping God's laws.
While training for palace service, his request regarding his desire to not eat the foods restricted by God's dietary rules had been accommodated - but how would he respond if something didn't go in his favor? Luckily, we get to find out.
As I continue to consider a Christian's response to a culture that doesn't align with Christ's commands, I'm considering examples found in the Bible. Jesus is our main role-model - and there are others that reflect a Christ-like attitude and response to the world around them. Like Daniel.
A short time ago, in a galaxy very, very close...
This is one of the topics that has been bouncing around my head - spurred by recent and upcoming events. Elections in general, homosexual marriage specifically. This post isn't directly about those things, but it has prompted me to ask the question, "As a follower of Christ, what is my response to the culture supposed to look like?". From what I understand, it's a bit different than what I've seen and how I've reacted.