Living without Regrets
| Group Study |
Watch the short clips below, and answer the questions associated with each. You can do this alone - but it's always more fun with a group of friends! Be sure to read/study the scriptures in each section. God's word is the standard by which we measure all our thoughts and ideas.
1 | dreams
Most of us have dreams for our future. We may dream about a different job, a better life, being a better person, or God doing amazing things through us. All of those things are good, and God wants the best for us. But, how many times have we tried to short circuit the process of dream making?
In the story of Joseph, we see God setting Joseph up to save all Egypt (and his own family.) But, there was a process. Would Joseph have been ready to organize and save Egypt from a famine, if God had sent him right from his family into Pharaoh's presence? How does this apply to your dreams?
2 | best of a bad situation
Sometimes decisions are made for us. We live in a fallen world. People and circumstances don't always work in our favor.
In Joseph's story, we see that he never gave up. He never let go of the dream God had given him early on.
How hard is this to do? How difficult is it to ignore the negative circumstances and focus on the good that may result? Are you able to do it?
3 | holding a standard
We will all be faced with moments where the "forbidden fruit" is staring us in the face. Those temptations are often hard to resist - because (at least for a short time) they look like a great answer to the problems we are facing.
Remember when Eve saw the forbidden fruit? Scripture says she saw it was "good for food, pleasing to the eye, and desirable for gaining wisdom." All good things! The fruit had attributes that would help fix her temporary hunger (and hunger for wisdom.)
For Joseph, it was Potiphar's wife. He was working as a slave and became number 2 in the house. How tempting it must have been to try to become number 1!
What are some of the temptations you face? What problems would "giving in to the temptation" fix? What are the true, long term solutions?
scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:13