Colossians 3:16 KJV
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;
As Christians in this world it is important to have the Scriptures at heart. The world has its own strong opinions which can be misleading unless offset by the Word of God. Too much of anything else may be bad, but there is no such thing as reading too much of the Bible because It is the guideline that keeps the Christian grounded and focused. “Gather the riches of God’s promises. Nobody can take away from you those texts from the Bible which you have learned by heart” (Corrie Ten Boom).
Isaiah 64:4 KJV
For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.
Waiting is not usually a pleasant experience, but a necessary part of life. A life without anything to look forward to is a miserable one indeed. God gives us hope with His promises, both here and in the hereafter. “God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises, leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer).
Matthew 11:18-19 KJV
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.  The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.
Human nature is and has always been the same since time immémorial in that no matter what you do, good or bad, people will talk about you, and not always in a good way. It’s a lose-lose situation to try to conform to public opinion. “No matter what you do, bad or good, people are always gonna have something to say about it. Just remember this: if people always have something to say about your life, that’s saying little about their own” (Unknown).
Ephesians 1:11 KJV
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Nobody asked to be born. We all somehow found ourselves here and are learning to make it work. However, we are all here for a God-given reason and the ability to live up to that purpose is what life is all about. As such to live a life of value, it is important to know your God-given assignment that will serve as a guideline for your life on earth. “A life without a purpose is like an unsharpened pencil, there is no point” (Billy Graham).
Matthew 5:11-12 KJV
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you… , and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
It is not fun to be the subject of gossip or slander; nobody likes to be talked about behind their back. However, it is an inevitable experience for every person, unless you are dead or utterly useless. You cannot control what others choose to see in you nor say about you. You cannot be in the good books of everyone at the same time. “We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them” (Cato the Elder).
Hebrews 12:4 KJV
Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
We are fortunate to live in a part of the world where freedom of religion still stands. Yet we who find ourselves in ease and comfort to worship as we can are mostly the ones who complain about how difficult it is to serve God fully. “Saints and martyrs are famous for testifying to the truth about Jesus Christ while their enemies set them on fire, but each day ordinary Christians experience small martyrdoms when they blow the whistle on a dangerous product, or lose a friend they had to confront, or stand up in a small group and, for the first time in their lives, say to a group of strangers” (Unknown).
Exodus 4:10 KJV
And Moses said unto the Lord , O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.
Weaknesses are something that everyone has. In perspective, it is not expedient to focus too much on one’s weakness at the expense of one’s strengths. When you focus on something it looks larger and gains more ground than it should. If you focus on your strengths, your weakness automatically diminishes. “Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Focus on your character, not your reputation. Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes” (Roy T. Bennett).