1 Timothy 6:11 – But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. (NIV 1984)
My Musings – Here’s a novel thought. How about accepting responsibility, playing by the rules, listening to your critics (they just might be right) and telling the truth. There will be no need to redefine success or try again.
My Advice – Know when to fight and know when to flight.
Matthew 5:33-37 – “Again, you have it heard it was said to the people long ago, ‘do not break your oath, but keep oaths you have made to the Lord.’ But I tell you do not swear at all, either by heaven, or by the earth; or by Jerusalem. And do not swear by your head. Simply let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes,’ and your ‘no,’ ‘no’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – What an incredible testimony it would be if others did not require an oath from us. That they would be merely satisfied by a simple yes or no from us. There are few people with that kind of integrity and that inspires that kind of trust.
My Advice – Be a man of your word. Someone who others can rely on to always keep his word.
Job 14:1 – “Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We feel so self-important at times, but there have been many people throughout history of greater worth. Yet their time is gone. Like us they spring up and wither away. The difference is in the impact they made while they were here. We will not endure, but we should try to live a life that leaves an impact and that endures long after we are gone.
My Advice – Make the most of the time that you have. When you are young, with your whole life ahead of you, it may seem like you have all the time in the world. When you are older, looking back, you wonder where the years went. Be able to look back with few regrets of moments that were lost or wasted.
No Accounting For Some People
2 Kings 12:13 – They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted in complete honesty. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – This sounds remarkable, yet in the life of a believer, this should be standard conduct rather than something to marvel about.
My Advice – Leave it up to your dad to find something about accounting in the Bible. At any rate, be a man of integrity, someone who others will trust without question.