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Spiritual Resume posted by jwatson on May 21, 2013

Living in Washington often puts you face to face with history. Every building, statue and museum constantly stand as testament to our country’s history.  The district itself is named after the legendary George Washington. It often gets me thinking about what made these men so special? What was their secret? I mean, these men have been immortalized by history. Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln have massive marble monuments erected in honor of the lives they lived.

As a 26 year old, I often wonder about the early moments of their lives.  What really got me traveling down this path was Mark Batterson’s book, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. Mark states, “God is in the resume building business.”  It struck me as such a unique way to state it.  My development—professionally and spiritually—could read like a resume.  It’s a cool parallel if you think about it. If Jeremiah 29:11 is true, how are we grasping the opportunities God puts before us?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Each and every day we are presented with spiritual “resume builders.” It could be your neighbor or even a Capitol Hill maintenance worker. We have many opportunities to grow and refine our faith if we would just grasp the opportunities God sets before us. The sad truth is many of us are more content to shy away from a neighbor or supermarket cashier simply because it’s easier. In that moment of opportunity, you experience a conflict in your heart. The conflict isn’t between you and the person before you, but between you and fulfilling Jesus’ Great Commission. So, the next time you come across an opportunity to build your spiritual resume take it and run.

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