A contented person has learned to accept the bitter with the sweet. A rewarding life is about more than self. It means sharing with others. Being different is not easy; it is one reason that conformity is so popular.Being helpless, ungodly, sinful, and God’s enemy does not make one ineligible to receive God’s grace. Being in Christ frees us from judgment, since He has already borne our judgment. Blessed is the person who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly.
Do not tell God how big our storms are; tell the storms how big our God is. Each of us is a unique expression God’s loving design. Family relationships and responsibilities are of great importance to God. For direction, let God’s Word fill our memory, rule our heart, and guide our life. God’s great gift of salvation, though faintly understood now, is a gift of love, grace, peace, and joy. It is much easier to pray for those we love than those not included in this group. It pleases God when His word is honored, obeyed, and taught.
Nothing in our culture is more restricted than the Word of God in Scripture. Obviously, in order to save money, we have to spend less than we make . Salvation has past, present, and future dimensions in all its aspects. The secular world is tangible; God’s world is intangible. To abide in Christ means to continue believing His Word and serving Him. Unlike many of us. Usually secular truth is somewhere between the two extremes. We do well to pray and not lose heart, then trust and wait on God. What God gives us, He expects us to share with others. When temptations knock at our door, we should not ask them to stay for dinner.
Self-reflection is always a good exercise. What I believe is a work in progress, not limited to these statements and subject to change. What do YOU believe?
Longtime Parma Hts. resident and educator in the Parma School district.