Be like the animals

Matthew 6:26 KJV
Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Though human beings are the most intelligent of God’s creations, we manage to complicate our lives more than necessary. We can do well to learn from the animals around us. “I go to the park and watch the ducks in the pond as they fluff their feathers. I see how relaxed they look—when all they’re doing is fluffing their feathers. They aren’t filled with tension trying to become something else. They aren’t frantically attempting to build their careers, and they aren’t sucking up to the other ducks. All they seem to be doing is enjoying the water, fluffing their feathers, and living their lives. When it comes right down to it, isn’t that all we really need in our lives, too?” (Fumio Sasaki).

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Present

Luke 11:3 KJV
Give us day by day our daily bread.

No matter how rich, famous etc or otherwise one is, the one resource we all have in common is the present. There is no need to worry about the future and what it holds, or stress about the past; the only thing you can do is to do the best you can do with what you have at the moment. Taking life one day at a time is the one thing we all have the capacity for. “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Jesus Christ).

Free Will

Proverbs 19:3 KJV
The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord .

The power every person has in this world is the power of choice. It is easy to blame God even for things we do, but free will is something we have always had since Adam and Eve’s time, and with free will comes responsibility. “We Christians can be prone, in our pain, to point a finger and raise a fist at heaven. If we believe in God at all, we should believe He is bigger and stronger than we can even fathom” (David Matthias).
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Beating the Air

1 Corinthians 9:26 KJV
I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

In life one must know exactly what one wants to get it. Everybody wants to be successful, but success means different things to different people. You will not know if you are successful if you do not have a personal success yardstick. One can be outwardly successful by conventional measures of success but still feel like a failure if you do not have a personal standard to which you hold yourself. “The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score” (Bill Copeland).

Proxy

Luke 11:42 KJV
these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone

Some Christians mostly prefer to spend more time listening to preachers and reading books than spending time with God on their own through regular Scripture reading and prayer. Usually such people tend to be deficient in the practical aspects of Christian living especially regarding others. Thus they know much about the annointing and demonology and whatnot, but they may also be disrespectful, gossips, liars, self-righteous etc which incidentally are the things we will be judged by. Rarely are the non-Christians around us interested in the preachings and the books, but they want to see the Christlike nature that separates us from them. Also, preachers cherry-pick the Bible, because like schoolteachers they cannot cover every area you need to know. More importantly, they cannot have a good relationship with God on your behalf. The key is balance, if not more weight to the individual time spent with God in prayer and the actual Bible which contains all the answers than with a preacher as proxy.

No Point

Acts 17:28 KJV
For in him we live, and move, and have our being;

The spate of suicide keeps rocketing in recent times despite modernization being than our parents could ever dream of. The surprising thing is that it is not [only] the extremely poor who feel there is no point in living. The number of global celebrities who ended their own lives prematurely this year alone is ridiculous. There are a lot of books on how to be a self-made success but most leave out the most important thing: God. Without God life is meaningless. “Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil. It has no point” (Billy Graham).

Matter

Matthew 16:13-15 KJV
When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? [14] And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. [15] He saith unto them, *But whom say ye that I am?*

Life is like a movie; you are the lead character in yours, and others are either the supporting cast or the extras. Sometimes we give weight to the opinions of the extras in our lives who don’t matter in the long run, while taking for granted the worthwhile support of the few who have been there through our worst and our best. “Not everyone will like [you], but not everyone matters” (Unknown).