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As Christians, our responsibility is to obey God — to do what He asks.
We deal so much with the intentionality of our heart when we should be concerned with the obedience we walk in. It’s the willing and obedient who eat of the good of the land (Isa 1:19). When we focus so much on the intention of our motives, it can paralyze us spiritually. Instead, we should work to obey God and His word, so just do what He asks. I believe this would simplify our walk. God will deal with our intention (the why-we-do-what-we-do), because who can know the heart?
“But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards according to what their actions deserve (Jer. 17:10). One translation states, “according to the results of his deeds.” It’s what we do that matters with God, at times, more than why we do it.
Maybe I don’t want to help, or feel like helping, someone; but if I help them anyway, who cares how I felt? We may not feel like obeying, or want to obey, God; but if we obey anyway, then God says that’s what He will deal with — our actions.
Only God knows the heart fully — our motives. Those are all subject to change over time. But what He sees, what He rewards or deals with, are our actions. What we do is what counts. I had good intentions, but I didn’t do anything. That doesn’t help anyone. It has been said “Hell is paved with good intentions.”
Do what you know is right, and don’t get so caught up with the intention of your actions.
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Published on Monday, September 17, 2018 @ 8:36 AM CDT
The little things in life do matter.
Your character really isn’t formed by the big events of your life. Instead, who you are is ultimately determined by the smaller choices you make each day. When you choose to do what’s right every chance you get, you’re more likely to stick to your principles when the pressure is really on. On the flip side, if you let the small things slide, you’ll follow the path of least resistance — even if it means compromising your core values.
One small step:
John Wooden said, “Little things make big things happen.” We all play just as we practice. How you do the everyday stuff will determine how you live your life. During his 2014 commencement address to graduates at the University of Texas, Admiral William McRaven reflected on the many lessons he learned during his 36 years as a Navy Seal. The first item on his list? Make your bed every morning.
Little things, such as making your bed, set you up for success. One small accomplishment early in the day can lead to multiple accomplishments throughout the day. Plus, the person who does the little things right can probably be trusted with the bigger things in life. Jesus said the same thing more than 2,000 years ago (Luke 16:10).
Don’t overlook the small, everyday things of life — by doing the small things, you are ensuring your success in life. Neglecting them will only hinder your opportunities for real success.
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Published on Monday, September 10, 2018 @ 7:23 AM CDT
Do you want to grow? Do you want to get better in some area of your life? If you do, then you must learn.
If we want to get in good physical shape, we will have to exercise. To grow and develop our gifts and talents, we have to exercise them. Walt Disney said, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious; and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
Yearn to learn:
Someone once told me, Learn something new every day. We shouldn’t allow the fear of change to hinder our growth. “Change can be frightening, and the temptation is often to resist it. But change almost always provides opportunities — to learn new things — to rethink tired processes, and to improve the way we work” (Klaus Schwab).
Playing it safe, I believe, is overrated. When you choose to settle for less or the status quo, you become stagnant. Consequently, nothing ever happens. We only maintain what we have, and will experience no new opportunities. Be a learner — someone who wants to do something, achieve something, and become someone. Don’t allow yourself to grow weary in doing well. God is always leading us forward to be able to see new opportunities that keep us curious about the what-ifs of life. I often say, “You will get older every year: there’s nothing you can do about it, but don’t ever get old.”
Being old is a choice. I believe we get old when we stop seeing the possibilities available to us who continue to learn. Let’s all be lifelong learners.
Just a thought,
Published on Monday, September 3, 2018 @ 7:09 AM CDT
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