Showing posts with label #Bryan Jarrett. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #Bryan Jarrett. Show all posts

Saturday, November 14, 2015

How is Gratitude Like Bookkeeping?



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.

 

Gratitude and 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.

 

My thought


BALANCE SHEET


****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 direction.

 

Don’t put the liabilities where the assets should go.

 
 

INCOME STATEMENT

 
 
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

 

***My thought***We 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.

                                  ~H.U. Westermayer

 
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