We should always be wise enough to know that we are not wise enough. The human being is always a work in progress. We are evolving and adapting to new situations that help to build our character and mold us into who we will become. That is why we should be conscious to our changing and see if we are becoming better and not worse. That is when we have to become introspective and think about the path that our life is taking. If we are doing the wrong things that are bringing back a bad harvest then we should see the error of our ways and strive to become better than we were before. That is why I love the Lord. He is willing and able to make us into who we wish to become. The Lord is able to wipe our slate clean, create a new heart within us and lead us onto the best path that will take our life to its highest level. (Ezekiel 36:26-27) (Proverbs 3:5-6)
No matter where you are in life, I want you to know that you can become better than you are right now. You can begin again, you can start over, you can revive the dreams that lie dormant within your heart. God wishes to make our life significant, but we must be willing to surrender our will and allow His will to be done. When we take the initiative and give God control of our life, He will do things so extraordinary that we won't believe it ourselves. I am a living testament to this truth. I still remember the one simple prayer I prayed more than 15 years ago when I asked the Lord to use me for His eternal purposes. God was faithful to hear my prayer and honor my request and now because of that answered prayer, God has used my simple vessel to minister to an untold number of people around the world. That is all by God's grace. I am quick to recognize that He deserves all the Glory, Honor and Praise. (Isaiah 6:8) (Ephesians 3:14-21)
May you be wise enough to surrender your will and allow your life to be extraordinary for the Lord. You will be so proud to have been used in such a way that will follow you into your eternity.
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see that a change is always coming. May it be a positive change each new day that you see.
It has been said, “Be contented with what you have, but never too contented with what you are.”
There is a story that comes out of Asia about a farmer who saw a tiger's tail swishing between two large rocks. In a moment of haste, he grabbed the tail and pulled. All of a sudden he realized he had an angry tiger by the tail and only two rocks stood between him and the tiger's teeth and claws! So there he remained, afraid to loosen his grip on the enraged animal's tail lest he surely be killed.
A monk happened by and the farmer called out in desperation, “Come over here and help me kill this tiger.”
The holy man said, “Oh, no. I cannot do that. I cannot take the life of another.” Then he went on to deliver a homily against killing. All the while, the farmer was holding tightly to the tail of an angry tiger.
When the monk finally finished his sermon, the farmer pleaded, “If you won't kill the tiger, then at least come hold its tail while I kill it.”
The monk thought that perhaps it would be all right to simply hold the tiger's tail, so he grabbed hold and pulled. The farmer, however, turned and walked away down the road.
The monk shouted after him, “Come back here and kill the tiger!”
“Oh, no,” the farmer replied. “You have converted me!”
What is conversion? It is change. With money, conversion can be the change of a bill into coin or the change of currency from one country into that of another. On the human level, conversion can be a change in beliefs, a change in ideas, a change in attitudes, a change in behaviors or even a change in priorities. To say, “I'm a changed person!” is to say you have somehow been converted.
There are two things I've learned about conversion and change. The first is that conversion is not a bad thing. To say you've been converted to something does not make you a fanatic. It means you've changed your mind or your outlook. If the largest room in the world is “room for improvement,” then it is good to leave plenty of room for change.
And that's the second thing I've learned about conversion – it's an ongoing process. I always want to leave room for change, room to keep growing. To say, “I've been converted and that's that,” is to say you have decided to quit growing. If life is about anything, it is about growing. The day I quit changing and learning is the day I die.
I like the old southern American slave's prayer: “I ain't what I ought to be and I ain't what I'm agoin' to be. But I give thanks that I ain't what I used to be.” Change, for him, has been a good thing and it's not over yet. Here is a person whose life is like an on-going journey. He is always growing. Always changing. Always becoming. And always aware there's a little more room for improvement.
Is there a better way to live?
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Proverbs 9:10-12 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you. If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you will bear it alone.”
Philippians 2:13-15 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.”
Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Psalm 103:10-12 “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: MY VERY BEST GIFT
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry