Don’t try to rule the roost or be king of the mountain.
Don’t meddle in the affairs of others or fantasize grandiose plans of revenge.
Keep your feet on the ground.
Cultivate a quiet heart.
Be content with what God provides.
Keep waiting for God with hope and joy.
Be alert for what God will do next.
Step in and lend a hand to those who falter.
Look after the good of the people around you.
Don’t seek status, but rather service.
Our dreams get detoured.
The plans we make refuse to be fulfilled.
Does that deter us?
Do we stop dreaming?
Or, change the course?
To obey our dreams and refuse to change course can be terrifying.
With odds against us, we may weep with the discouragement we feel.
Is it easier to see dreams deferred, changed, rearranged, while we are young and have plenty of time?
Or, is it easier, late in life with all the knowing, to realize the dream could have become a nightmare?
Observe what you see going on around you.
Move away from discord. Move towards those who live in harmony.
Do not dignify the contentious with a response.
Be robust in your living.
Show dignity to the poor.
Be at peace and like yourself.
You will find it easier to get along with others.
We say grace before meals. But, how about before we go to sleep? Or go to work? Or go shopping? Or read a book?
God is in the food we eat, the air we breath AND in the work we do. He is beside us as we drive to work. He is on the bus. He goes along on the bike ride. He cares what we buy, what we see, and who we befriend.
God is there, but do we acknowledge His presence and thank Him for the blessings He bestows, the care He takes, the guidance He gives? As you go about your daily living tomorrow, say grace at all the points along the way. See if it makes a difference in the day.
Going through the motions doesn’t please God.
A flawless performance is nothing.
Worship God; He’ll shatter your pride and make your heart ready for love.
Delight in the home He makes for you, repair its walls.
Worship and bring an offering.
Then the Lord will delight in you.
Through lack of persistence, personal initiative, self-discipline, accurate thinking, and controlled attention, a person can become lazy and fall prey to habits that are not conducive to success. These can become at first “a cobweb and then a cable” in their hold upon us. It is always easier to see these negative habits in others, but acknowledging them in ourselves is the first positive step in a new direction. You can overcome the undesirable habit by replacing it with a good one.
Staying with it–that’s what God requires. Preach the message of salvation through Jesus Christ.
God continues to send prophets, wise guides, and scholars. Generation after generation, they are sent. Let us hear Your workers, oh Lord, and not be taken in by charlatans and snake charmers.
Are you dependable? Do you show up on time each day to feed God’s workers? Can the Master drop in at any time and find you at your job?
Praise God at all times, through all situations.
Believe God for the victory.
Sing His Holy praises.
Praise is not rooted in circumstance but in God’s faithfulness, His very nature.
Focus on God’s assurance of victory and sing praises to Him.
Events may confuse you.
Those whom you’ve trusted will fail you.
You will be abandoned.
Some will misunderstand and criticize you.
Let God’s word guide and comfort you.
Reorient yourself to God and His activity by seeking His direction from His own map, the Bible.
Jesus was never surprised by events because He had studied, and knew well, the scriptures.
Do not be caught off guard when the crisis comes, and it will come. Put your focus on God and His word.