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Circumstances for Clapping Hands is a blog about reasons to give praise to God, despite my circumstances. As Henry David Thoreau once addressed, “There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.” The challenges: 1) Find value in everything you do and 2) Find joy in doing it.

Monday, June 15, 2009

A Day Like No Other...

Undoubtedly as a man, I fall into the social category I deem as,"Frustrated Fools". Raised as a firm believer in God's ability to provide for His creation (something I still very much practice) I often stray off the provisional path in search of what I think is best.

It happens on a daily basis for most men:

Socially: Is what I'm doing today going to be as satisfying tomorrow?
Career: Can I see myself doing this long term?
Relationally: Is she really worth it?
Spiritually: Does God really know best?

Too often we as men know the correct answers, but choose rather to focus on our own individual needs and desires; ignoring the simple truth that what God has given us, was given for a reason. Happiness in what you have is simply a choice made daily. Is it wrong to look to the future? Absolutely not! Is it a mistake to long for the future at the cost of the present? You know the answer to that. Take a long look at who you are, where you're at, and what you're doing. Then, realize you are who you are, where you are, doing just that for a reason. You may not know now, but God does. Accept the challenge that God wants you to figure it out. Achieve that, and I guarantee your life will progress (and remember progression is a positive term.)

Verse of the day: 1 Thessalonians 5:18


  1. Awesome start. You are such a great writer. I can't wait to see more and I hope great things come from this blog. You are my hero in so many ways. Oh, and my lobster.

  2. Love your new blog! Wow. Good stuff here.

  3. Cool. This is one of my favorite verses. 16-18. I just gave a sermon to youth kids (I'm not a pastor, but acting as a temporary youth servant) this past sunday. Though I did find it difficult to practice this.

  4. What a great first post! And such a good reason to start one too.

  5. i think many women ask themselves these same questions. it's part of being a humble human to question who we are, what we're doing and if we truly have enough faith to put ourselves completely into god's hands. few people would be able to write it down as thought-provokingly well as you have here. you're on a very nice roll here on this blog.