Remember way back in 2011 when you asked me to share with you the Top Ten Life Principles I would teach a son if I were to have one at this stage of my life?
Time has passed since that day! Back then, you had just started college. Now, you are only months away from college graduation and the next exciting step forward into your life adventure! Anyway, I haven’t forgotten so here goes with #9.
The last eight principles are important parts of my life compass. But, even though it’s towards the bottom of my Top Ten List, today’s principle is the most important of the ten. It’s also the hardest to live by.
Jabez prayed to God “Oh, that you would bless me and
enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep
me from harm so that I will be free from pain. And God granted
his request.” (1 Chronicles 4:10)
In this super short prayer, Jabez asked God to “bless me” and “enlarge my territory.” He asked God to give him “more” in his life. Then, God “granted his request.” He gave Jabez what he asked for.
After reading that, you might ask yourself, “That’s it? I just ask God for something and He gives it to me?” Sounds nice and easy like an every-tickets-a-winner heavenly lottery? Sorry to rain on this parade, but experience tells me that this is not how things work.
I remember asking for “more” lots of times. Sometimes, I got something but not what I asked for. Sometimes, I got nothing. Sometimes, I got worse. So, why do I like this passage enough to build a Life Principle around it?
Because I believe it speaks to something you will want to use to anchor the structure of your life’s foundation: the belief of anticipation.