February 3rd week Thought for the day

Friday February 21, 2020

How to Find Gold

Scripture: Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

We have all heard the idiom  that all that glitters is not gold. I would like to suggest that very little that glitters is true gold. Gold is found through hard work and perseverance.  Too many people expect to get rich quickly or with little work. Gold is found deep down after removing the outward shell which we call dirt. Sometimes we must do the same with people that we know and love. We must take the time to dig deep and really get to know them to see the gold that they possess in their hearts.  We do hear of overnight wonders but they are rare indeed.  Success is most often determined over time. Remember that it is said that Thomas Edison failed 1000 times to invent the light bulb but he never stopped trying.

Thought for the day:  How hard are you willing to work for your gold?

Thursday  February 20, 2020

What Brings You Joy?

Some things in life cost us money and many go without it because the cost is too high.  There are other things in life that are priceless and we really cannot put a value on it. And then there are some things in life that are free and often times they are the most important and we choose whether we have them or not.  One of these is JOY. We decide each day if we are going to exhibit joy in our lives. Joy is based entirely on how we see with our hearts. This joy is shown in our smile when we greet others  or how we respond when others around us are complaining. Our joy is not dependent on the situation but on our understanding of where our joy comes from.

Thought for the day:  Where is your Joy?  Is it down in your heart?


Wednesday February 19, 2020

Are you seeing with your eyes or with your heart?

Scripture:  Numbers 13:33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”

I find this scripture fascinating because it does not state fact but states opinion. It specifically says “seemed like”  which is an opinion.  Seemed means not real but taken as if it is real. I read a book that defines fear as false evidence appearing as real. How many times do we see things as obstacles that stops us from continuing our conquest? We should see them as an opportunity to demonstrate the power of God in our lives.  Our eyes are too close to our brain and we get caught up in seeing things with our brains which can be quiet rational and sh eek complete understanding rather then seeing things with our heart where we claim God lives.  Maybe our eyes should be closer to our heart than to our brain (smile).

Thought for the Day:  God looks at the heart not at the brain.  Take a moment to think with your heart and not lean to your own understanding,

Tuesday February 18, 2020

Wisdom and Understanding

Scripture:  Proverbs 4:7  The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

There is a song that I like to listen to “ It’s a wonderful world” by Louis Armstrong. One of the lines is…. I hear babies cry I watch them grow  They’ll learn much more Than I’ll ever know.  One of the things we must learn is that learning is important but without wisdom and understanding it can be deadly.  Satan learned the Bible and could quote it and tried to use it to tempt Christ but Christ not only knew the Bible but also applied wisdom and understanding when tempted by Satan.  Even more importantly we must know that we do not have to understand every thing  but trust and have faith and know that God is in control. Lets seek wisdom and understanding but ultimately faith is based not on understanding and knowing but believing what we do not truly understand

Thought for the day:  Just as we cannot see the wind, we see its movement..  Take the time to see God’s work in your life.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Who do you surround yourself with?

Scripture: Proverbs 1:5 A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel

Birds of a feather flock together is a well known idiom.  The question is how do we go about choosing our associates.  I would suggest that we seek those of common values and standards as well as those who will challenge us to be better than we are presently. The one person missing in many of our lives is often a mentor. Most successful people can tie their success to the development of a strong mentor mentee relationship.  The Bible shows the worth of a good mentor such as the relationship between Joshua and Moses.  We should remember that Joshua accompanied Moses to the mountain when he received the Ten Commandments. Elisha vowed to never leave Elijah and Samuel learned from Eli. Peter, James and John developed such a close relationship with Christ so that Christ asked them to accompany him when he prayed. Paul and Timothy and Paul and Titus are also excellent examples of the results that come from developing a strong mentor/ mentee relationship.

Thought for the day:  People can tell a lot about me by seeing my friends