“Just A Little Bigger Than Me”

God teaches us deep things about life, even when we’re running from him. That’s what God did with me when he showed me how much I needed his help in a whiteout on the coast of Alaska.

I was young, unafraid, and drove my dog team straight into the teeth of a fierce storm. In extremely cold conditions and my team unable to move, in fear, I called out to God. He heard me and I'm only alive to tell about it today because of his grace.

Years later God saved me from myself. That spiritual transformation led to a clear understanding of how God works in our life. He takes me back, in my mind, to that frozen moment in time. God wants me to never forget the secret to Christian living–we constantly need things in our life that are “just a little bigger than me”.

There is a ton we get done in our own power, strength, and ingenuity. But that’s not where the jazz and joy of faith is found. The secret has to get out. Here it is: We have to chase and be involved in things that are “just a little bigger than me” or we’ll shrink in our apathy or choke to spiritual death on our pride.

Take Joshua for instance, he didn’t look across the Jordan and say, “I got this”. No way! God told Joshua to be “strong and courageous” because he new for certain he needed a pep talk. Joshua essentially said to God, “I don’t think I can do this”. And that’s the point! Here’s the bottom line. God wants us dependent on him. And if we’re not, that thing we’re doing might not be from him.

So muster the courage to say it…”just a little bigger than me, God”! 

Prayer: Essential Conversation With God

God can do in us what we can never do alone! But we can't live another day measuring our lives against sub-standard comparisons. We must stop setting goals that are attainable by human effort because when we hit them they ring hollow. We can no longer undershoot God's promises, undervalue our worth, and underestimated our resources. The only way forward is conversation with God. Prayer is conversation with the one who can take us beyond our whims and our wants.

If you suspect you're leaving too much potential on the table, prayer is for you. If you're tired of rationalizing your mediocrity, prayer is for you. If you're stuck and can't seem to get going, prayer is for you. If you feel like life has passed you by but are willing to give it another shot, prayer is for you. If you know there's more inside you but can't seem to dig it out, prayer is for you. If you've been pounded and left for dead by a barrage of condemnation, prayer is for you. If you've tasted the richer life in Christ but slowly turned away, prayer is for you. If you're ready to chase a dream God gave you, prayer is for you. If you are tired of blaming circumstances and are ready to take personal responsibility, prayer is for you. If you've been trying everything in your power and can't make life work, prayer is for you. If you desire sustained victory, prayer is for you.

The God who holds the universe in his hands is waiting to talk with you...let us pray!