Life’s Little Lessons
What Can We Learn From Life’s Little Lessons?
Life’s Little Lessons
Before I ever write an article, I pray. I ask the Lord to bring something to my mind that He wants me to write about. There is so much going on in the world today that it seems like there is an ot more crisis than ever before. From the never-ending wars around the world to terrorism in our own communities, to new technology and pollution, to climate change and population explosion – we are definitely not avoiding any of the hard challenges that life thrusts before us.
So I begin to pray, “Lord teach us to deal with this situation the way You would deal with a difficult patient with cancer. Stand us in a position to be a light for what is happening and to be a witness for Your Word so that we can tell others what it is to experience the same things Jesus has been experiencing – a struggle, a temptation, a battle – with sin that has pierced His heart and spirit. Help us to be humble in the light of the circumstance and not to make this a matter of self-pity. Help us to serve You and be a clear example of Your grace as we minister to others.” Then I close with a prayer of thanksgiving and encouragement for the work of the Holy Spirit in answering my prayer. Life’s Little Lessons
So the main topic of my message from God this time is, “What is it to experience a trial the way Jesus did?” There are two sides to every story. On one side we have the one that wants to give up, give in and throw in the towel because this is the end of the world. On the other side, we have the one who is steadfast in holding strong to the truth and refuses to let the truth and the light of Jesus’ love dim with the passing of each day. Life’s Little Lessons
James 1:2 – 4(HCSB)”Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. Let endurance have its full measure, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.”
These words are a huge encouragement to us. No matter how bad the situation may seem, or how dark the clouds of sadness may be, remember – the testing of our faith produces endurance! It’s not a one-time situation. Everywhere we have been the Word of God has shown us the way to confront life’s issues, so we can hold fast to our faith in the One who rises from the humiliation of defeat. He never withdraws. He will never leave us. He will never forsake us.
James 1:12 – 15Blessed is the man to whom the Lord has given good gifts, and blessed is the man to whom God has given riches! But a poor man will give account of his own works. But he who endures to the end will be blessed in what he does”
The concluding words of this first chapter are most reassuring to us as we cope with life’s challenges. We will survive. We will get on with it, and rise to the other side of the bobbing billows with a smile on our faces and the peace of God seared into our hearts. Life’s Little Lessons
19Well, actually the rooster has crowed. The good news is that the rooster has crowed. Christians who are still alive know this. God’s Word is true. He never lies and He is faithful to His Word.
For more inspiration see 1John 5.
How to Develop a Spiritual Success Partner
1. Identify potential “s beneficial partners.” Maintaining a list of potential partners is an excellent exercise for identifying those relationships in which we can both be strong and help each other. Examples of these include: mother-in-law, sister-in-law, a friend with a need, professional associate. Life’s Little Lessons
2. form a relationship agreement….even if it’s just on a “spiritual level” or has to do with sharing expenses. A sister-in-law may be willing to consider sharing expenses if this will allow her to do more for her husband. A mother-in-law may be willing to consider her son in a professional opportunity. A friend with a need may be willing to consider the husband’s needs. Whatever the agreement, it must be ironed out before you close your relationship. Making no promises is a smart assumption. This is especially true if you are beginning to share expenses and are not yet bound by an agreement. Life’s Little Lessons
3. sweeper…telling your relationship manager or spouse to keep your expenses from going up each month is an excellent idea. One time, my fiscal manager found out that I was transferring money from my savings. This was a on going cash flow problem for our household. He was incensed. My wife and I considered what I was going to do and decided to divvy up the money so that each check would be weighed against the other. We agreed to this provision for three months. At the end of the three months, the manager was not pleased with what had been transferred from my savings. He called me and told me the money was not mine. This was the second time this had happened, I had divied it up several months earlier. Unfortunately, I could not agree to pay him back until the money was gone.
4. Use unconditional love. I remember once hearing the story of how Einstein caught dengue fever. His theory about gravity was simple, but his actions with his theory changed the world forever. When he was unable to finish his studies, he was very concerned, but he loved his dengue fever theory. Although this story may be about his dengue fever moment, this is a general rule about unconditional love. Accept everything from every person and take care to spread unconditional love.
5. Be humble. A man’s pride is a sure fire way to block the abundance of God. If we are touched by the abundance of God, we will not be arrogant. The arrogance of man will only hinder God’s flow of riches. In bible we are taught to kiss the wounds of our enemies and God will receive our gifts.
6. Be positive. This is another precept broken by many. A person who is negative cannot receive anything from the hand of God. If you are negative, you are unable to receive. An attitude of negativity cannot receive. Ask yourself why you are negative? What is it in your life that God may want you to receive? You have heard that you can out-think your fears, isn’t it true that you can repel them if you will only create positive thoughts? Create a positive flow of wealth and you will have wealth in your hands. Be positive, keep declaring the promises of God and wealth will manifest in your life.