While others are doubting … Believe.
While others are playing … Plan.
While others are sleeping … Study.
While others are delaying … Decide.
While others are daydreaming … Prepare.
While others are procrastinating … Begin.
While others are wishing … Work.
While others are talking … Listen.
While others are pouting … Smile.
While are others are criticizing … Commend.
While others are quitting … Persist.
wouldn’t give your 5-year-old a 12-gauge shotgun or a big Harley-Davidson
motorcycle. Shotguns and motorcycles are great – but they’re for adults. You
need maturity to handle them. Giving such gifts to your child would endanger
them, and everybody else around them. The gifts just don’t fit the person.
you’re a talented individual. God’s given you some large gifts like the ability
to speak well, or organize things, or create and design. But we sabotage
ourselves when our gift becomes bigger than we are. How does this happen?
we begin to lean on the talents God gave us and don’t mature emotionally and
spiritually – we ruin our chance to use those talents as God designed them.
When our character doesn’t keep up with our talent, we learn to “wing it”
through life. We live on the surface but lack real strength underneath. And it
shows up when the crisis hits, the storm comes, or we are under pressure. You
can’t “wing it” when it comes to character building.
The greater the size of your gifts, the more you must dedicate time to
developing your character.
Peterson paraphrases the Psalmist in The Message: “God, who gets invited to
dinner at your place? How do we get on your guest list? Walk straight, act
right, tell the truth. Don’t hurt your friend, don’t blame your neighbor;
despise the despicable. Keep your word even when it costs you, make an honest
living, never take a bribe. You’ll never get blacklisted if you live like this”
(Ps 15:1-5 TM).
So, do you live that way?
Lord, who may dwell on Your holy hill? He who walks with Integrity." - Psalm 15:1-2 (NAS)
By: D. Delay Our family enjoys the fun andrefreshment of water slides and lazy rivers during hot summer vacations. At
most water parks, there are also one or two spots where large buckets hang overhead
filling little by little with water. The closer the bucket gets to being full,
the larger the crowd grows beneath in anticipation—children and adults alike
wait for the outpouring. Then SUDDENLY the bucket tips and a great flood of
refreshment crashes down on all below! In the Book of Revelation, the Bible
describes golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints
(Revelation 5:8). In other words, the prayers of God's people collectively fill
heavenly bowls with sweet aroma, much like the burnt offerings did in days of
old. In Revelation 8,
we discover what these bowls are used for: "Then another angel, having a
golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he
should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden alter w…