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Sin not

Job 1:21-22 KJV
[21] And he said…the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord . [22] In all this Job sinned not,

It is easy to praise God when things are going as expected in our lives. Even an atheist can mistakenly praise God if things go unexpectedly positively. It is when things are not going ‘well’ that the attitude of praise and gratitude becomes challenging. But if we trust God in the good times we should also learn to trust him in times of difficulties. “A Christian must be an Alleluia from head to foot” (Augustine of Hippo).

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Application of Knowledge

Matthew 7:26 KJV
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

“Knowledge is power” but not really. It is in the application of what we know that gives it its power. There is no difference between someone who knows something and does not do it or apply it to his life, and one who does not know it at all. “To learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to know” (Stephen R. Covey).

Worry not

Matthew 6:34 KJV
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.

Worry is an illusion we create to pretend to have control over things outside our control. The things we worried about last year and the last etc, are gone and past, but instead of learning our lesson that nothing is worth worrying over, we allow our minds to generate new situations that we would likely overcome and forget within at most a few years, wasting our present time in doing so. “I am an old man and have known many troubles, but most of them never happened” (Unknown).

Open Secret

Galatians 2:1 KJV
Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.

It is an open secret that everyone has their own journey, but we seem to forget that and instead play the comparison game. We compare ourselves to our classmates, our colleagues, our co-workers as though just because they are around us our destinies must take the same course. Christ had 30 years to prepare for a three-year ministry while his peers were marrying and procreating. Paul spent fourteen years after his conversion in the background before becoming the famous Paul we now know him to be. Have your own success metric, and judge yourself by them, not by someone else’s. “Don’t compare your Chapter 1 to someone else’s Chapter 20” (Unknown).

Open Secret

Galatians 2:1 KJV
Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.

It is an open secret that everyone has their own journey, but we seem to forget that and instead play the comparison game. We compare ourselves to our classmates, our colleagues, our co-workers as though just because they are around us our destinies must take the same course. Christ had 30 years to prepare for a three-year ministry while his peers were marrying and procreating. Paul spent fourteen years after his conversion in the background before becoming the famous Paul we now know him to be. Have your own success metric, and judge yourself by them, not by someone else’s. “Don’t compare your Chapter 1 to someone else’s Chapter 20” (Unknown).

Contentment

1 Timothy 6:6-7 KJV
But godliness with contentment is great gain. [7] For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

When you “ask yourself, ‘What do I need to be happy?’, chances are not only do you need very little, but you actually already have most of it. While you might have a long list of wants, recognise these for what they are. Don’t let them get in the way of your happiness” [Domonique Bertolucci]. “The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less” (Socrates).

Stuck in a Role

Matthew 13:55,57 KJV
Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? [57] And they were offended in him.

When you have been stuck in a role for so long, when it is time for your breakthrough people who are used to seeing you play that role will do their best to keep you there. People like comfort, and it makes people uncomfortable when they see someone do what they did not have them pegged for, what they did not expect them to be able to do. But your life is your own responsibility; either you live it up to people’s expectations of you, or to God’s intended plan for your life. “If their name isn’t God, their opinion doesn’t matter and their approval isn’t needed” (Unknown).