God is offering you rest and joy.

What's keeping you from grasping hold of these gifts?

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I will bless the Lord who advises me; even at night I am instructed in the depths of my mind. I always put the Lord in front of me; I will not stumble because he is on my right side.

Psalm 16:7-8

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Choir? Math team? Soccer? Key Club? Student Council? Church youth leadership team? Band? A dance? Other social opportunities?

How do I know when to say “yes” and when to say “no”? What if one of these opportunities will get me into college or grad school? What if I say “no” to something that will ultimately hurt my future? What if I miss a social event and then my friends drift away from me? How do I know what to do and what not to do?

Consider: Have you brought these scenarios before God, the one who knows everything about you and the best path for your future? Often, we forget to ask the very One who knows the answer. Then, we wonder why we are so confused.

Are you letting God advise you?

Wade Griffith

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Dear God, why am I so slow to learn that you are always there? To learn that you are present with me and want to give me counsel? Help me to remember to turn to you with every important decision I make. Amen.

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Don’t think, “Yes, in the future, I ought to…”

Instead, do it.

Do it now.

Wade Griffith

Rev. Wade Griffith is the executive director of the Shanta Foundation (, a Durango, CO based NGO that does sustainable, community-led development work in Myanmar. Unlike most overseas development or charitable work, Shanta focuses on developing local capacity to address education, economic, health and infrastructure needs among its partner villages. Wade lives in Durango with his wife Julia and their two boys, Wade (10) and Haines (9). His hobbies include backpacking, snow skiing, running, reading, Alabama football, and gardening.

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