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The Fourth of July is upon us!…half the summer is over! Maybe not quite, but it feels that way. So with our remaining time—as we enjoy the warm summer weather, camping, vacations and reunions—maybe we have some time to take stock of our lives, where we have been and what our life holds for the future. As we share picnics and family reunion meals, maybe we can also chew on some food for thought…words from God and others who can give us perspective on living life as a follower of Christ. I have noted the author, if known; quotes are anonymous if not credited.
FIRST, ABOUT PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE…
1Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
-Hebrews 11:1, 6
You can't change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future.
If you fill your heart with regrets of yesterday and the worries of tomorrow, you have no today to be thankful for.
God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.
An idealist believes the short run doesn’t count. A cynic believes the long run doesn’t matter. A realist believes that what is done or left undone in the short run determines the long run.
-Sidney J. Harris
Thank God for what you have; TRUST GOD for what you need.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
SECOND, THE CHRISTIAN LIFE…
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-control.
-2 Timothy 1:7
The Christian way is different: harder, and easier. Christ says, “Give me All. I don’t want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want You. No half-measures are any good. I don’t want to cut off a branch here and a branch there, I want to have the whole tree down….Hand ov
|the whole natural self, all the desires which you think innocent as well as the ones you think wicked—the whole outfit. I will give you a new self instead. I will give you Myself: my own will shall become yours.”
-C. S. Lewis, The Joyful Christian
Patience is the ability to idle your motor, when you feel like stripping your gears.
You are richer today if you have laughed, given and forgiven.
If anyone speaks badly of you, live so none will believe it.
The truth is more important than the facts.
-Frank Lloyd Wright
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.
How desperately difficult it is to be honest with oneself. It is much easier to be honest with other people.
-Edward White Benson, Archbishop of Canterbury
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in [enthusiasm], but keep your spiritual [fire], serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.