Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,
let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on
Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him he
endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the
throne of God. - Hebrews 12:1-2
As pointed out in the post
“Attention on the Principles Taught”, we all have one thing in common. God is
maker of us all so let us put our attention on the principles taught by His Son
and we will have what we need to succeed. Let us fix our eyes on what is unseen;
never changing and eternal. Earthly struggles last a short time compared to
God’s path that leads to eternal peace and eternal bliss.
In the book Ordering Your
Private World by Gordon MacDonald, an idea is given to develop a series of
codes (keywords) that will help organize your thoughts and ideas. As we read, listen
to music, watch movies, or talk with people throughout life, document thoughts
and ideas by organizing according to these keywords. For example from the song Fix My Eyes by King & Country,
below are some thoughts we can document for the key word focus (Focus on God):
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I
am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise
Him. - Psalm 28:7
The Lord is your strength and
shield. He’s in control and victories rest with Him. The thought brought out in
the post “Victory Rest with the Lord” is
that we need to focus on God’s Way. We need to use the instructions of His Word
like instruments to guide our life. The principles of God are like tools and we
need to make sure these tools are sharpened for the challenges ahead.
We live in a confusing world but
God is near to help clarify the Way. When we fight against evil, we need the
strengths God has given us to win our battles. Our help is from God. One tool
to win our battles is prayer. We can go to Him in prayer which is our greatest
power because we are speaking to the ONE who already has the answer.
Another tool in our battle is
music to praise God. Take inspiration from today’s song Shoulders – For King & Country and
the poem below it has inspired.
For the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and
understanding. – Proverbs 2:6
The post “A Meaningful Life” offers some thoughts and
ideas in living a life that brings meaning by letting God direct each step you
take. To do the right thing with integrity. To love your neighbor and treat others
right. To be disciplined so you have the basic necessities in life. To take
advantage of tough times by learning from the experience.
The best way is God’s path. We
can enroll in God’s school of wisdom and apply this wisdom in our life. The
book of Proverbs is the text book to the course. Here’s a video with these
thoughts in mind: The Way - Jeremy Camp.
Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate
hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. - Colossians 3:12
The study written about in the
post “Neighbor Helping Neighbor” gave
some meaningful qualities that need to be a part of our life.
Our kindness to our fellow
neighbor starts with the amazing kindness God first showed to us when He sent
Jesus to die on the cross. It is highlighted in today’s song Kindness By Todd Agnew and has inspired
the following poem.
One of my favorite takeaways
from the study of Proverbs
18 and posted in “The Power Like a
Strong Tower” is that our words have the power of life and death. By
keeping the name of the Lord in our everyday living, we not only have power in
our own life but also give power to those around us as we encourage them.
Keeping the name of the Lord
shelters us like a fortified tower providing safety from the wind and high
ground above the floods. As pointed out in the song Strong Tower by Kutless, keeping the
name of the Lord provides strength when we are weak and courage if afraid. When
the storms of life rage, the Lord is our strong tower and His mercy sets us
Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong. – Job
The post “Interaction” highlighted principles that
can be used for how we interact in our relationships and in life situations.
Some main points brought out are to avoid the traps that get us into trouble by
listening to those we can trust and striving to get along with others by
watching what we say. When challenged with difficulty, continue to have a good
outlook on life.
As pointed out in the song Dear Younger Me by MercyMe, life is not
always a smooth ride but the bumps along the way hopefully help us learn and
gain experience so that needed adjustments are made for a better future.