Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17).
We are definitely living in uncertain times – unprecedented political, social, moral, educational, environmental and spiritual change characterizes our world today. But the one thing that is certain and unchanging is Jesus Christ!
Stay close to Jesus, focused on Him and His Word. He will give you comfort, wisdom, insight and discernment to navigate the daily challenges that are an inevitable part of life.Don’t be anxious about the shifting landscape of this world. Set your mind on things above and trust the One who holds the whole world in His hands.
I was talking to a neighbor a little while ago who told me that her husband had walked out on her and left her to look after their two young children alone.
On one occasion she spoke to him on the phone and demanded, “How can you do this to our kids? Even if your feelings toward me have dried up, what about our kids?” Surprised, he responded, “No one else has ever asked me that. Everyone says, ‘What about you? How do you feel?’ Therefore, I really haven’t thought about how this would affect them.”
We are immersed in a culture that thrives on pleasing “self,” but we need to go against the flow and set Christ as our goal rather than self-fulfillment. When we do this, the fruit of His Spirit will be evident in us.
We need to learn to love self-control and not always just do “what feels right.” If we want to find God’s best for our lives and truly maximize our potential, we must choose to live a different way.… make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. (2 Peter 1:5-7)
Since I spend so much time flying across the globe, I am often awake at unusual hours and find myself watching late-night infomercials. I have seen the most amazing products on these shows that I never even knew I needed.
I knew I was over the edge the day I found myself ordering an EZ Egg cracker because I wondered how I could ever continue to crack open eggs with my own hands now that I knew this device existed. I had been content cracking eggs for my morning omelet by hand until I saw that infomercial!
Life is a little like that, isn’t it? We never seem to be content until we are somewhere other than where we are in that moment.
But the truth is, real contentment can never be found out there; it can only be found in Christ.
Things and people can change on a daily basis, but Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Let’s determine to know the secret of contentment. His name is Jesus.I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (Philippians 4:12)
The story of our lives is written out of the overflow of our hearts.
If our hearts are full of fear, doubt, unbelief, negativity, bitterness, unforgiveness, envy, pride, lust or greed, then those traits will characterize our lives as well.
Conversely, if we choose to fill our hearts with love, joy, peace, hope, kindness, faith, courage, grace, compassion and purpose, then those traits will determine our story.
The good news is that we get to choose. Determine that your heart is going to be set on course with Jesus and His Word, and that the ensuing story of your life is going to be a great one.
Don’t settle for a quick, nondescript short story when you can have an epic novel, a daring adventure and a Holy Mystery.
It all starts and ends in our hearts.My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. (Psalm 45:1)