If They Knew
Numbers 32:23 – “But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the Lord; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – If we knew we would get caught, we likely not take the risk. Yet with sin we do it all the time. We can never get away with it.
My Advice – As you make decisions in life, big or small, think of the people who are most important to you and ask yourself this question: “would it make a difference if they knew?” Assume that they will and use that as a guide in making the decision.
Adam’s Life Will Be Full Of Toil
“From the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken.” (Genesis 3:19, NIV)
In many respects, mine has been an American success story. Not to the same magnitude as a Bill Gates, Steve Jobs or Warren Buffet mind you. And except for this paragraph you will never see my name linked to theirs, unless you throw in Kevin Bacon and a one other name to complete the six degrees of separation. But considering its modest origins, it has been successful. Continue reading “Adam’s Life Will Be Full Of Toil”
Count The Cost
Numbers 22:18 – But Balaam answered them, “Even if Balak gave me his palace filled with silver and gold, I could not do anything great or small to go beyond the command of the Lord my God.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – No gain can compensate us for going against God’s will. That price is too high.
My Advice – There will be times that you will be tempted to do things that you know are not right, whether in your career or your personal life. The pay-offs may seem spectacular (possessions, power, position, prestige) and well worth the risk. They are not. Obedience, morality and staying true to your character, a child of God, is much more valuable.
Numbers 18:29 – You must present as the Lord’s portion the best and holiest of everything given to you. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – We tend to give God the leftovers and the hand-me-downs. We give to God after we’ve provided for ourselves, rather than giving to Him first. We do not give Him our best. We keep that for ourselves. God deserves better because He has given us everything that we have.
My Advice – God has blessed you with talent, intelligence and success. These will most likely result in material blessings as well. Never ever forget how these things came to be. Give to God from your first and best (talents and treasures). You will never be sorry and as strange as it may sound, you will never find that you gave away something you needed. God will continue to provide.
Consider The Possibilities
“If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up some place else.” (Yogi Berra)
This is one of the many amusing quotes from Yogi Berra, who played Major League Baseball for 19 years with the New York Yankees. During his career, Yogi played on 10 World Series Championship teams, ending up as a MLB Hall of Famer. Despite some awe-inspiring stats, and being considered one of the best catchers in baseball history, he may be just as well known his for his less than polished use of English and his nonsensical quotes. Yet behind the comical quotes, often lies some wisdom, intentional or otherwise.
This quote reminds me Continue reading “Consider The Possibilities”
Step 5 – Illuminated By The Word
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105)
A: Discovering the Truth
We live in the information age, nearly to the point of information overload. Much of the information we receive we can clearly distinguish as false or not to be trusted, and we easily dismiss or discard it. Some of the information we receive seems to contradict what we have grown up believing, but so many others believe in and swear by it, sometimes with such great passion and credibility, that we can hardly see how it could be wrong. Still other information seems innocent and appealing, almost to the extent of “having a form of Godliness” and yet we wonder if it can be trusted. How then do we decide what is truth? Continue reading “Illuminated By The Word”
Numbers 14:41-45 – But Moses said, “Why are you disobeying the Lord’s command? This will not succeed!” Nevertheless, in their presumption they went up. Then the Amalekites attacked them and beat them down. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – In our arrogance, we often presume to know more than God. We are humbled when we find we do not. How much pain and sorrow could be avoided if we humbled ourselves before God at the outset?
My Advice – Do not stay when God says go and do not go when God says stay. There will be many times when God’s plans will not make sense to you. Those are the times you should step out on faith and do what He leads you to do. Do not presume that you know better. You never will.