Morning Encouragement – The Crucible by Which We are Judged

Morning Encouragement

The Crucible by Which We are Judged

Good morning,
A thought crossed my mind this morning that material items never tell what kind of person we really are nor our true motives; they only mask our intentions with glitz and glitter.  Unfortunately, our words and actions are the true crucibles by which we are judged long after we are gone not our material items (Matthew 12:33-36). To own something means it cannot be taken from you even when you fail; all of our stuff erodes and needs constant updates; not to mention the fact that they can be stolen. Each of us carries in our psyche the words and actions of our parents, those we associate with past and present, and the actions of others like bullies and con-men. The common misconception, though, is that the influence of the previously mentioned people is justification for our words our actions; when, in truth, we have the God-given commandment to honor the Lord our God in all that we do and/or say despite the influence of others (Matthew 22:36-40). It is popular in our culture to blame others for the things we do or how we act without one time considering our part in the collapse. My encouragement for you today is to carefully think about your words and actions before committing them to action for, what is done is done. Before Jesus was taken from this earth in death and later resurrection, he left his group with the power of “choice”; he leaves mankind today with the same power – leave the world in a better place then we found it in or become just another sad statistic (Matthew 16:14-19). I leave you with a poem
Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior
Keep your behaviors positive because your behaviors become your habits.
Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values
Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny. Mahatma Gandhi
 What is the value of a life lived for you? Can it be weighed on a scale or placed in a financial sum? Or, is it the value after the books are reconciled? Teach us to number our days uprightly that we might fear you. You tell us “to live for you” as to let you live vicariously through us. Many say “God who” yet look at an empty life filled with stuff and have no peace. I’d rather have your peace than all of the trappings and yet feel trapped. Please keep us all of our days that at our death we will have peace and a path will be brightly lit for others to follow us. In you, we are set free to live, love, and prosper in ways stuff or position could not possibly succeed. May how I live my life bring a smile to your face all of the few short years.
Yours in His Name
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