Posted by: Mike Ferruggia | January 25, 2010

Day 9: What Makes God Smile?

The smile of God is the goal of your life. How do we get God to smile?
1. Love him supremely. “Our creator wants to fellowship with us…Jesus called it the greatest commandment: Love God with all of your heart and with all of your soul and with all of your mind.
2. Trust him completely.
3. Obey him. Warren says, “obedience unlocks understanding.” I like this quote a lot. Obedience is listening, is trusting, is loving. When you trust someone implicitly and just do what they ask regardless, you then get it afterwards and go, aha, that’s why you wanted me to do this. Often times, I look to people to trust me, to just do what I’ve asked, to be obedient to me, because I’ve already thought it out, I’ve already done the work, trust me and you’ll see afterwards that it was for your good too.
4. Praise and thank him continually.
5. use your abilities and gifts. God enjoys it when you use your abilities and talents, including tai chi! “There are no unspiritual abilities, only misused ones.

Warren depicts God as a loving parent who even enjoys watching us breathe and sleep. This is an awesome concept. It is an awesome and ineffable act of faith to believe wholeheartedly that God created us in His image and likeness, that he created us with freedom, with talent, with love, that he loves us individually, that he takes pleasure in us and wants us to be joyful. It’s just hard to believe, because, even though Rick Warren says God wants to fellowship with us, we have to go through a lot of machinations to “experience” God. God, for the most part, does not speak to us–oh, as any believer would say, he speaks through the scripture, he speaks through the mountains and nature, he speaks in contemplation, but we never hear the voice of God like they “did” in scripture. It would be really really awesome if an angel of the lord appeared to me tonight. In the meantime, I must enter into silence, sit in stillness, and listen for that “inner voice of God,” the ineffable intuitions and awakenings and understandings that come with a spiritual contemplative practice.

Warren’s question to ponder: Since God knows what’s best, in what areas of your life do you need to trust him the most?

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