“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” ~ Proverbs 16:3
What are you living for?
Why do you wake up every day?
What do you base your decisions off of?
What gets you out of bed and into your car?
What inspires you?
What is so unique about being human is that we live by inspiration.
We all have different favorite foods, movies, music, and styles.
We are all inspired in different ways and react to differently.
What inspires us is usually what steers the direction of our lives.
For example, those who love animals may enter into a veterinary profession.
Or those who love music might enter into a musically inclined profession.
What inspires my life is Jesus Christ.
Everything I do centers around Him, and He has come through on every promise.
What inspires you?
What is the object that you base your life off of?
Live your life with a purpose!
Let God be the object in your life that you base your decisions off of!
When you put God at the center of what you do, it allows Him to work in your life!
When you live with Christ at the object of your life, it creates an atmosphere for everything else to fall into place!
Live with Christ as the object of your life!
There is a favorite picture of mine that shows what we think living a life for God is like compared to the actual reality of what living a life for God is like.
In one side of the frame, it shows a biker making their way straight to the finish line, with nothing but a clear path in the way.
The other side of the frame, however, shows a person making their way through trenches, climbing up mountains, dodging disasters, and slowly crawling their way to the halfway mark.
It is safe to say that no one can relate to the first side of the frame.
I certainly cannot.
Life is full of obstacles.
Obstacles are a part of our every day reality.
But obstacles are nothing to be threatened by.
Jesus promised us that there would be obstacles!
But Jesus also promised us that He has already overcome the obstacles for us!
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.
In the world you will have tribulation.
But take heart; I have overcome the world.” ~ John 16:33
Don’t let obstacles stop you from reaching your goal!
Jesus has given us everything we need to overcome each obstacle!
You may not be able to see the finish line yet, but don’t stop!
Obstacles are made for overcoming!
God always provides a way!
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord, not for human masters”
~ Colossians 3:23
When we are born, we aren’t equipped with everything we need to know about life right away.
Many things have to be developed in us over time as we learn and grow. One of the things that we need to develop is our work ethic.
We have to work hard at working hard.
Working hard is a choice.
Working diligently is a choice.
Being a good employee is a choice.
Being a good worker is a choice.
What is your work ethic?
Do you work for your own benefit, or for the Glory of God?
Do you work to help yourself, or others?
Let God lead you in being a diligent, and faithful worker for the purpose of His Glory!
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
~ Ephesians 4:31-32
Some things are just not worth holding on to:
Bitterness, wrath, anger, regret, depression, worry, fear, anxiety…
So why is it that it’s so hard to let these things go?
Whatever it is you are holding on to today, drop it.
Let go of your bitterness.
Let go of your anger.
Let go of your fear.
Let go of your regret.
Let go of your worry.
Drop whatever feelings you are holding on to that contradict the love of God.
Drop the bondages that are keeping you from loving others.
God tells us in His Word to let go of all the bitterness and anger in our hearts.
God tells us to forgive, be kind to, and love one another.
By following what God’s will is for our lives and our relationships,
it allows Him to move in our lives and our relationships.
Trust God with your anger, your worry, and your fears and just drop them.
They aren’t worth holding onto.
They aren’t worth ruining relationships over.