MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 2011 "His...power has given us everything we need for life." 2Peter 1:3 NIV Here are three rules for living: (1) Learn to control the climate around you. Negativity is contagious; look out for its "carriers." Love them, lift them, but don't let them infect you. Filter what people say to you through God's Word. "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power (ability and a can-do attitude) and of love (which always looks for the best) and of a sound mind (which is stable and consistent)" (2Ti 1:7 NKJV). (2) Learn to laugh at yourself. A woman who'd been given a lovely plant took it home, watered it, fertilized it and set it in the sun. A year later she discovered it was silk-and she still laughs about it. When you're secure in God's love and approval you can laugh at yourself; it's a mark of spiritual maturity. (3) Learn to factor God in. Ever hear of the 90/10 rule? When 90% of the circumstances are uncontrollable, focus on the 10% you can do something about. Paul did that. "We were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears. Nevertheless God" (2Co 7:5-6). Note the words, "Nevertheless God." When you're facing a mountain always remember: God can move it, He can level it, He can tunnel through it, or He can help you climb it. All you have to do is factor Him in by seeking His face and consulting His Word. "Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise" (See Col 3:16 NLT). Keep a rich deposit of Scripture within you and draw on it daily.
Published on Monday, January 10, 2011 @ 6:27 AM CDT