Luke 13:24 KJV
 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
It is easy to take things we received for free for granted. We don’t just pray the Sinner’s Prayer and afterwards everything sorts itself out. We cultivate our relationship with God and strive to grow in Him. “No one in heaven got there by accident. Prayers were prayed. Bibles were read. Jesus was believed in, obeyed, and adored” (John Piper).
Psalm 112:7 KJV
 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord .
Sometimes we are afraid to hope that good things may happen, so we imagine the worst case scenario so that whatever happens we will not feel bad because we were already expecting the worst. This is a waste of time because as long as you are alive to this point you have a track record of successfully getting through the worst that have already happened, and thus there is no need to dread the future. “Today expect something good to happen to you no matter what occurred yesterday” (Sarah Ban Breathnach).
Luke 21:19 KJV
 In your patience possess ye your souls.
There are days we feel unproductive. We should remember that just as results of education are taken at the end of a term, or a year, so do things we want to see accomplished take some time. The most important thing is to sow the seeds of the things you want to see in your tomorrow, today. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant” (Robert L Stevenson).
Matthew 7:21 KJV
 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Christianity is not a fashion statement. It is surrendering one’s free will to God’s will entirely. “It is possible to recognize Christ’s Lordship but not submit to Him as Lord of your life. It is possible to be called a Christian but not be worthy of the call. It is possible to walk with Christ and not be like Christ. When you know and genuinely believe in His will, yet do your will out of logic, pleasure or convenience then you recognize His Lordship but His Lordship over your life” (JNA).
2 Timothy 4:7 KJV I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
A good way to not waste one’s life is to identify your God-given calling and beside all other endeavors, stick to it. “…If I wanted to come to the end of my life and not say, “I’ve wasted it!”, then I would need to press all the way in, and all the way up, to the ultimate purpose of God and join him in it…” (John Piper).
2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV  Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.
We update our résumés often when watching out for career opportunities. In the same way, while running the Christian race towards the goal which we’ve been called for, it is expedient to take time to check oneself to ensure we are moving forward and not in the same place we started. “The unexamined life is not worth living” (Socrates).
Proverbs 30:25-28 KJV The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;  The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;  The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;  The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings’ palaces.
Success means different things to different people. Whatever your definition of success, by virtue of the fact that you are made in the image of God, you have no excuse to not succeed in your life. “Don’t give in to excuses that can keep you from really living the best life God has for you (Joyce Meyer).