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It Is What It Is...

BRITTANY PETKAU

SCRIPTURE

Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!”

 Abraham didn’t focus on his own impotence and say, “It’s hopeless. This hundred-year-old body could never father a child.” Nor did he survey Sarah’s decades of infertility and give up. He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said.

Romans 4:18-20 (MSG)

SUMMARY

Each decade of our lives is unique, but our 20s and early 30s is especially unique as we navigate big life decisions and continue to develop who we will become. With those opportunities can also be disappointments as our pictures and dreams of what our lives would become meet reality. So sometimes all we can do is follow in Abraham's footsteps and recognize that it is what it is, but possibly it's not what it seems.
It is what it is…but it’s not what it seems because there is a God who loves you and who is so ready to
help you get back on track.

REFLECTION QUESTIONS 

1.

Look back to 5-10 years ago. What did you picture your life being like? How does that picture match your reality now?

2.

What do you see as some of the biggest disappointments that young adults face in their 20s? Have you found ways to overcome those?

3.

“It is what it is…but it’s not what it seems”. If you look back on your life, what areas can you look back on and see how far you’ve come? 

4.

What would you say to someone five years younger about making decisions for your 20s?

CALL TO ACTION

Take some time this week to stop and assess where you are. Do you need to change the picture that you have for your life to align with God’s? Have you fallen further down the mountain and need to start again? Or do you maybe just need to celebrate how far you’ve already come?

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

BOOKS

The Next Right Thing

 

Emily P. Freeman

PODCASTS

Faith in God’s Plan

 

Woah That’s Good w/ Sadie Robertson Huff

VIDEOS

You in Five Years

 

Sermon Series from Fresh Life Church