Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us life and for creating us to be unique among all the people of the world. May the moments and days of our lives bring honor to you, the Giver of life. Teach us your perfect path, and guide us to do your will. Open our eyes and hearts to infiltrate our corner of the world with your love and life, amen.
A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love… Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.
[Hebrews 6:10; 10:35]
God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
[2 Corinthians 9:8]
~ Max Lucado ~
MANY OF THE FUTURE THINGS you anxiously anticipate will not actually reach you. My promise is for things you face in the present, and it is sufficient. So when you are feeling the strain of an uphill journey, tell yourself the truth:
“I have strength for all things through Christ who empowers me!” I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
Before You Turn Out the Light:
Count on Me to provide strength—just when you need it—for everything that touches your life.
~ Sarah Young ~
It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. [Proverbs 20:3]
Do you seek pride through being right when you argue? Quarreling doesn't bring God praise or glory. Affirm your honor by avoiding a fight. By doing so, God will bring peace to both parties. The next time you find yourself treading closely to a fight, test your honor. Can you back down without losing your honor?
GROW STRONG IN YOUR WEAKNESS. Some of My children I’ve gifted with abundant strength and stamina. Others, like you, have received the humble gift of frailty. Your fragility is not a punishment, nor does it indicate lack of faith. On the contrary, weak ones like you must live by faith, depending on Me to get you through the day. I am developing your ability to trust Me, to lean on Me rather than on your understanding. Your natural preference is to plan out your day, knowing what will happen when. My preference is for you to depend on Me continually, trusting Me to guide you and strengthen you as needed. This is how you grow strong in your weakness.
[JAMES 4:13–15; PROVERBS 3:5 AMP; ISAIAH 40:28–31]
~ Sarah Young ~
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Created to Do Great Works
By the time you knew what to call it, you were neck deep in it. It’s called life. And this one is yours. Complete with summers and songs and gray skies and tears, you have a life. Didn’t request one, but you have one. A first day. A final day. And a few thousand in between. You’ve been given an honest-to-goodness human life.
You’ve been given your life. No one else has your version. You’ll never bump into yourself on the sidewalk. You’ll never meet anyone who has your exact blend of lineage, loves, and longings. Your life will never be lived by anyone else. You’re not a jacket in an attic that can be recycled after you are gone.
Life is racing by, and if we aren’t careful, you and I will look up, and our shot at it will have passed us by. Some people don’t bother with such thoughts. They grind through their days without lifting their eyes to look. They live and die and never ask why.
But you aren’t numbered among them. It’s not enough for you to do well. You want to do good. You want your life to matter. You want to live in such a way that the world will be glad you did…
We are given a choice … an opportunity to make a big difference during a difficult time. What if we did? What if we rocked the world with hope? Infiltrated all corners with God’s love and life?
We are created by a great God to do great works.
[Outlive Your Life]
~ Max Lucado ~