Finally, brothers and sisters,
whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or
praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8
Meditate on, or think about good things.
Colorado wild flowers among the rocks
An attitude of gratitude is God’s best
weapon against compulsions, hang-ups, or flaws.
self-condemnation can’t reside in the same mind. Jesus told us we can’t serve
both Him and the devil. Neither can we sincerely thank God for His goodness and
love, when we wallow in self pity.
****For several years, I was
a full charge bookkeeper. When composing a balance sheet for a business, we
must refrain from putting assets and liabilities in the wrong column.
When we fail God and dwell on
that failure, our minds count our liabilities. When we stop to thank God, we
count our assets. Assets cover up liabilities every time. Don’t dwell on your
weakness. Dwell on God’s power.
Don’t base your action on how
you feel. Base it on what you know. Give up your life, your will, your choices
each day to God, and base your decisions for all areas of your life on His
Don’t put the liabilities
where the assets should go.
After making a balance sheet of assets and liabilities for a
business, we move to preparing an income statement with columns for profit
followed by each listed expense.
I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas
and surrounding area. When our children were young, we lived in the suburb of Irving. I grouped my neighbors
and friends from my daughters’ school and day care into one circle of my life.
I worked in downtown Dallas,
and that represented a separate portion of my life. We went to church and had
old friends in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas
representing a third section.
When we moved to a smaller city (Wichita Falls, TX),
I found it amazing that I went to church with neighbors and served in PTA at
school with fellow church friends. I love it. It simplifies life.
In life as if they were expenses, we separate each area:
God, family, career, hobbies, church, friends, responsibilities.
We compartmentalize when God wants them blended under one
umbrella called God.
“It’s not even good enough to
regard God as the biggest piece of the pie. If we see Him that way, we’ll still
leave Him out of the rest of our lives. The‘piecrust’ of God’s love, power, and
truth is the foundation for everything we do.”
Extravagant by Bryan Jarrett
shouldn’t ask God to ride along in the front seat of our life. We should
request that he drive.
During the month of
Thanksgiving, this quote below makes us think:
The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than
huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless,
set aside a day of thanksgiving.