We should never go through life with the attitude of discouragement or
dismay, because the Lord who is omniscient and omnipresent has promised
that He would be with us all the days of our life. Our countenance should
reflect the perfect peace that God has placed in our hearts and let others
see the changes that have taken place in our life. We are to lead our life
by the example that the Lord Jesus has set forth and continue on with the
confidence that all will be well. The Bible declares in Philippians 1:6,
“Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work
in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Be encouraged to
have the attitude of cheerfulness, because the Lord who is faithful to lead
your life onto solid ground will never leave your side. (Isaiah 41:10-13)
I hope today's message ministers to your heart to trust that God is with
you all the days of your life no matter what trials may come before you.
Live your life confident in Him and know that He will meet all of your
needs according to His riches in glory.
LEADING BY EXAMPLE
At the beginning of my 8:00 a.m. class one Monday at UNLV, I cheerfully
asked my students how their weekend had been. One young man said that his
weekend had not been very good. He’d had his wisdom teeth extracted. The
young man then proceeded to ask me why I always seemed to be so cheerful.
His question reminded me of something I'd read somewhere before: “Every
morning when you get up, you have a choice about how you want to approach
life that day,” I said to the young man. “I choose to be cheerful.
“Let me give you an example,” I continued. The other sixty students in
the class ceased their chatter and began to listen to our conversation.
“In addition to teaching here at UNLV, I also teach out at the community
college in Henderson, about seventeen miles down the freeway from where I
live. One day a few weeks ago I drove those seventeen miles to Henderson.
I exited the freeway and turned onto College Drive. I only had to drive
another quarter-mile down the road to the college. But just then my car
died. I tried to start it again, but the engine wouldn’t turn over. So I
put my flashers on, grabbed my books, and marched down the road to the college.
“As soon as I got there I called AAA and asked them to send a tow truck.
The secretary in the Provost's office asked me what had happened. ‘This
is my lucky day,’ I replied, smiling.
“‘Your car breaks down and today is your lucky day?’ She was puzzled.
‘What do you mean?’
“‘I live seventeen miles from here.’ I replied. ‘My car could have broken
down anywhere along the freeway. It didn't. Instead, it broke down in
the perfect place: off the freeway, within walking distance of here. I'm
still able to teach my class, and I've been able to arrange for the tow
truck to meet me after class. If my car was meant to break down today, it
couldn't have been arranged in a more convenient fashion.’
“The secretary's eyes opened wide, and then she smiled. I smiled back and
headed for class.” So ended my story to the students in my economics class
at UNLV. I scanned the sixty faces in the lecture hall. Despite the early
hour, no one seemed to be asleep. Somehow, my story had touched them. Or
maybe it wasn't the story at all. In fact, it had all started with a
student's observation that I was cheerful.
A wise man once said, “Who you are speaks louder to me than anything you
can say.” I suppose it must be so.
By Lee Ryan Miller
This story appears in the inspirational book, Teaching Amidst the Neon Palm
Trees. You may visit the author's website at www.LeeRyanMiller.com
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Isaiah 41:10-13 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I
am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will
uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Behold, all they that
were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be
as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek
them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they
that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For
I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I
will help thee.”
Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be
not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee
whithersoever thou goest.”
Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my
supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in
Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my
song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving
strength of His anointed.”
Psalm 16:8-11 “I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my
right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory
rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For Thou wilt not leave my
soul in hell; neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption.
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of Joy; at
Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: TEN RULES FOR A HAPPY DAY
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Today’s Selected Testimony: GOD SAVED MY DAD
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In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry