Tuesday, June 26, 2012

living by basic truths

In a blog I read often I found some items that have kept me thinking this week.  Thanks to Michael Lukaszewski for sharing his “Ten Life Rules”.  Take a few minutes to read his post below:

Been thinking through some general principles and rules that I’ve come to live by.  Or at least better understand.  And here’s my working list.

1.    You are not your job
2.    You can’t make someone else’s choices
3.    Words have the power to change things
4.    How you do something matters
5.    Don’t make little things into big things
6.    Other people matter
7.    You are not defined by your mistakes
8.    Do things that will matter 100 years from now
9.    Get paid to do what you love
10. The gospel changes everything

Do you have any “life rules?”

In this post we are encouraged to examine some of our motives and even our calendars.  Often I get to talk to people going through very difficult times.  Several of these basic truths resonate within me, and I challenge others, including you, to take a hard look at how you perceive yourself and what you do.

See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.

“You are not your job.”  That statement applies to everyone, but men have the toughest time when we lose our jobs or something changes.  Our identity and our confidence must be tied up in God and nothing else.

The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense.

“Words have the power to change things.”  We take our words for granted.  Words are thrown around like they have little to no value when, in fact, they have enormous value.  The old saying “sticks and bones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” is a lie.  Words cut deeper than any wound we might get.  Use your words to build people up and watch God use them to influence people for His good.

Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.

“Do things that will matter 100 years from now.”  If we weigh what we do and how we use our time, we might be shocked at how much of what we have is really wasted.  This can be seen for me in many of the conversations that we have.  The people we encounter are not by coincidence but by divine appointment.  Yep, that means God has control and plans for us all the time.  Our time, our resources and our efforts ought to last long after we are gone.  And that can be true when we stay connected to God.

That is just three of the things Michael shared that got me thinking.  God will use us if we allow Him too.  His plans are awesome and so is living by basic truths He gives us.

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