Playing the Cards Right

1 Chronicles 4:9-10 KJV

And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. 

[10] And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.
Our past do not have to become our future. What we were yesterday does not have to be what we become tomorrow. Others’ expectations, pronouncements and prophesies do not have to become our reality. If you do not like your status quo, change it. Talk to the right people who can make a difference, and ultimately, take responsibility for your life. “It’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play the hand” (Randy Pausch).

Forget the past

Philippians 3:13 KJV

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
You can’t move forward in life while living in the past. Paul could not have been the apostle he became if he kept thinking of the people he persecuted and the mistakes he made. The only way to press on is to deal with the past and let it go. “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards” (Søren Kierkegaard).

Relationship and/or Service

1 Samuel 15:11-12 KJV

It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the Lord all night.

[12] And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and, behold, he set him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal.
Sometimes we need to take a step back from Christian activities and evaluate our standing with God. God is more interested in our relationship with Him than in our  busyness for Him. “The commendable things that we do count for nothing unless they stem from a vibrant personal connection with God” (Charles Stanley).

Labels

Judges 6:12,15 KJV

And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.

[15] And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.
From childhood we are conditioned to see ourselves according to our status in society. Don’t allow your society to label you and put you and your destiny in a box. “Always try to see yourself through God’s eyes” (Stephen Levine).

Vision

Proverbs 29:18 KJV

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Going through life without a clear plan or vision is liken to not being alive at all. When you set principles for yourself and live by them, life becomes simpler and more productive. “The most pathetic person in the world is some one who has sight but no vision” (Helen Keller).