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"Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire."
"Excessive worry, or what I call toxic worry, can make you sick, it can cut down your enjoyment of life, and it can hamper your productivity. Toxic worry is bad for every system in your body: it increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes, it impairs digestion, it causes shortness of breath, it causes all kinds of musculoskeletal aches and pains, [and] it produces headaches and migraines."
A. Todd Coget
Evangelism is not what we tell people, unless what we tell is totally consistent with who we are.
It is who we are that is going to make the difference.
If we do not truly enjoy our faith, nobody is going to catch the fire of enjoyment from us.
If our lives are not totally centered on Christ, we will not be Christ-bearers for others, no matter how pious our words.
[Show and Tell, Citation: Madeleine L’Engle, quoted in Christian Reader (May/June 1998, p. 50)]
"So run that ye may obtain the prize" We should run the Christian race with sobriety, for our eternal life is at stake. Let others pursue for enjoyment what they will, but in our race everything vital is at stake. The eternal consequences of losing should motivate us to a greater effort than that put forth by those making sport.--Duane V. Maxey. Recently I read a fable about a dog who loved to chase other animals. He bragged about his great running skill and said he could catch anything. Well, it wasn’t long until his boastful claims were put to the test by a certain rabbit. With ease the little creature outran his barking pursuer. The other animals, watching with gle...
"To be satisfied with little is hard, to be satisfied with a lot, impossible."
I choose not to be arrogant nor to put my hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put my hope in God, who richly provides me with everything for my enjoyment. I choose to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. I choose to lay up treasures in heaven that are a firm foundation for the coming age, so that I may take hold of life that is truly life.
(taken from 1 Timothy 6:17-19)
"I know the morningI am acquainted with it and I love it. I love it fresh and sweet as it isa daily new creation, breaking forth and calling all that have life and breath and being to a new adoration, new enjoyments, and new gratitude."
Filled To The Brim! (07.05.05--Joy Every Day--Ecclesiastes 5:1-9)
When I was younger I remember being moved on more than one occasion, either by laziness or a predisposition to want to do something more “rewarding” on a Sunday morning, to prompt my dad with this question: “Why do we have to go to church today?” His response, of course, was “because the Bible tells us that we should.” And, “besides, that’s what Christians do on Sunday.”
Now, to a young boy of eight or nine, that was only a partially satisfying answer. I knew other Christians who didn’t go to church on some Sundays and they seemed perfectly occupied with other things that day. The part about God commanding us to do so, the “Bible” part, was pretty difficult to get around, even for a kid. There were two things I learned growing up in connection with Sundays: don’t mess with dad when he was determined to pile the entire family into the ‘56 Plymouth and get them to church and, more importantly, it isn’t healthy to mess with God when He even has a commandment that “tells” us we should go to church. Even though there was little joy in it sometimes, conforming seemed the “better part of valor.”
Now, decades later, Sunday morning dawns and it is now my job to pile everyone into the car and drive to church. Am I simply following a habit my father instilled? Or, has time changed something in me? George Mueller writes: “It is a common temptation of Satan to make us give up the reading of the Word and prayer when our enjoyment is gone; as if it were of no use to read the Scriptures when we do not enjoy them, and as if it were no use to pray when we have no spirit of prayer. The truth is that in order to enjoy the Word, we ought to continue to read it, and the way to obtain a spirit of prayer is to continue praying. The less we read the Word of God, the less we desire to read it, and the less we pray, the less we desire to pray”. (George Mueller in “A Narrative of Some of the Lord’s Dealings with George Mueller.”)
Worshipping God is one of those subtle gifts that He gives us even though at the time we don’t fully appreciate it or understand it. God wants us to worship Him not because He requires it. He’s perfect and has no need for our imperfect expression of praise. No, God ...
You cant live on amusement. It is the froth on water an inch deep and then the mud.
"How frequently the anticipation of some special enjoyment, or the possession of some coveted boon, proves to be more blessed than the actualization itself. But while this is the common experience on earth, it shall not be so in heaven. There, realization shall infinitely exceed all manner of anticipation."