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PREDICTABLE PATTERNS

05232018 Wednesday

“Like a dog that returns to its vomit is a fool who repeats his folly” (Proverbs 26:11).

I’m sometimes asked if I believe in “karma” or “luck.” No, what I believe in are statistical probabilities based upon predictable patterns. That is, a disciplined consistency of right choices, coupled with a plan of unceasing preparation toward a desired goal, creates the greater chance of favorable outcomes. Whereas, a life characterized by indiscriminate randomness, recklessness, and undisciplined decision-making has the greater probability of unwanted results. That’s not “karma;” “good luck,” or “bad luck.” It’s a providential principle.

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AIM HIGH

05212018 Tuesday

“Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal” (John 6:27).

“Aim high,” said my driver’s education instructor. This accomplishes at least two things: It keeps you centered in your lane, and it better enables you to anticipate what is coming instead of just responding to what’s just a few feet ahead. In the life of faith, instead of being knocked askew by the ever-changing circumstances at the end of our nose, aiming high at things eternal is the means by which we stay balanced, focused, and motivated.

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CHASING THE VERBS

052118-Monday

“Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth” (1 John 3:18).

The most convincing expression of the faith is to be found not in what we say but what we do. Thus, we are at our best when practicing the verbs of our faith. Verbs are action words like going, offering, blessing, sacrificing, obeying, welcoming, conquering, receiving. If actions speak louder than words, we don’t want to be caught sitting around reflecting upon majesty, glory, adoration and other flowery nouns that never get translated into deed and truth.

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A PRAYERFUL PERSPECTIVE

052018-Sunday

“Pray then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven…’” (Matthew 6:9).

Just the simple and humble acknowledgement of our heavenly Father puts everything in a different light. Most prayers are prompted by circumstances. While the things that bring us to our knees may seem at the moment insurmountable, they become diminutive when offered to the care of our glorious God. Prayer moves us beyond our situation to the sufficiency of God.

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TIME WELL SPENT

051918-Saturday

“Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour” (Matthew 25:13).

If time had to be purchased, would it impact the way you would spend it? The answer is obvious. You wouldn’t waste a moment. No time would be wasted on trivialities. Careful attention would be given only to those things that mattered. The last thing we want to hear is that there is no time left; that it is too late. After the final exam it is too late to study; after the children are grown it’s too late to be a better parent; after the divorce it’s too late to make amends. Now is the only time you have to do something effectively.

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A LURKING THIEF

051818 -Friday

“Remember what my span of life is; for what vanity You have created all the sons of men” (Psalm 89:47)!

The greatest nemesis to today’s productivity is tomorrow. Tomorrow is the leading excuse offered by those choosing to do nothing today; it is the constant alibi of good intentions. Today is your most important frame of time for it’s all you have. Every hope, dream, aspiration, and intention that you have for the future is dependent upon what you do today. Don’t let tomorrow steal today.

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CHARGING THE BATTLE LINE

051618 -Thursday

“He laughs at fear and is not dismayed; and he does not turn back from the sword. With shaking and rage he races over the ground, and he does not stand still at the voice of the trumpet” (Job 39:22,24).

As God speaks of the characteristics he has woven into the animals of the field, we must know that all the more capabilities have been given to us, the crown of his creation, the ones given dominion over all the earth (Genesis 1:26). Thus, when the battle line of life comes to your doorstep, you cannot wilt and shy away. When life is being lived in the pursuit of following the Lord Jesus, any adversity and trial you might face is the very thing you have been training for.

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