Mark Affleck

I Failed God’s “Anything & Everything” Test

June 28, 2019

I was holding onto so many of the wrong things that it was impossible for God to use me in service for him and his Kingdom. It was early in my faith walk and while I did believe, I did not TRULY BELIEVE that God is the only source of our power.
Put simply, I could not make an Anything & Everything commitment to God. You know, putting the Lord of Heaven and earth AHEAD of anything and everything.
I viewed it as a risk management question and concluded that the way to manage risk was to AVOID IT!
Like a whimpering baby, I was terrified of spiritual risk. Painful experiences had taught me how tough it is to overcome risk—and the fear it spawns—and move toward trusting God with an Anything & Everything commitment.
Over time and much prayer, God urged me to take baby steps and regularly rate my Anything & Everything commitment on this scale: NEVER; SOMETIMES; or ALWAYS.
I learned quickly that this exercise will blow up immediately if we go through the process with an unrealistic “perfection perspective.”
After all, recording an ALWAYS score on our Anything & Everything commitment to God is inspirational fuel, not a reachable destination.
Our Anything & Everything commitment is a life-long process to strive toward ever-higher levels of trust.
The goal is to constantly consider where we are at and consider what we can do to move closer to ALWAYS.
The key to making this work is not thinking about all of the things that Anything & Everything includes because it is a LONG LIST. The key is focusing on only ONE THING: what God says and teaches.
God knows what we fear and why we fear it. That is why I ask him to give me the strength to push right through it and know, to my core, that he will be waiting on the other side.
Do you need to examine your priorities and rate the level you put God ahead of Anything & Everything?
“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” Habakkuk 3:17-18

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