When my family moved to Versailles we attended Woodford Christian Church. Gary Black was the preacher and my father was an associate. Gary has since then moved on to work at Southland Christian Church in Lexington. Over the last few months I’ve had the pleasure of reading some of his posts on facebook. Some of them have really spoken to me. I wanted to share a few of my favorites in hopes they may be helpful to you as well.
The most destructive experience in the world is the experience of living under CONDITIONAL love.
On the best day of my life I deserve to go to hell…but for the unfathomable grace of God. So for now, I’m living life to the fullest…and then heading Home. Dear friend…have you allowed yourself to be awestruck by grace?
The way you respond to rebuke or correction may reveal the condition of your heart. It may also determine what God is able to do with you in the future. Don’t get defensive. If you’re wrong, you don’t have a defense. If you’re right, you don’t need one.
Does the green-eyed monster of envy have a grip on your life? Here’s a solution. For the next two months pray for, encourage, or compliment the person you’re envious of at least twice each week. You’ll discover that the monster of envy will grow weak, insipid and timid…and eventually slither away…a defeated foe.
When you verbally invaliditate others in an attempt to validate yourself, you are not ready for leadership in any sphere or venue. Grow up. Your crown doesn’t shine any brighter when you rub the glitter from someone else’s.
I heard someone say the other day, “Evil is everywhere! How can you be happy?” I thought, “My dear friend, GOD is everywhere! How could I not be.” Perspective changes everything. Do you have it?
It is unwise and unproductive to exert lots of effort trying to force open doors that God has closed. In the process you might also miss new opportunities that He is orchestrating. Let it go. Look around. Look ahead. It’s a new day. There’s a new plan.
Sometimes there has to be a “breaking” before there can be a breakthrough. Your pain has a purpose. Don’t waste it.
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