Summary: Bettering the human spiritual condition is the greatest good any individual can achieve. Are you intentionally growing and being kinder?
INTENTIONUALLY KINDER --- A LITTLE EXTRA EFFORT…
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
I have asked many people what is their purpose in life? They always say: I DON’T KNOW? Then I ask them what is GOD’S PURPOSE FOR GIVING US BREATH? I receive the same answer? Ask them a year later? They still don’t know?
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
If we know God has a purpose for us --- and we do not know what His Purpose is? HOW CAN WE ACHIEVE WHAT WE DO NOT KNOW? We must have INTENTUAL PLANS!!!
**FIVE WORDS WE MUST UNDERSTAND FOR THIS LESSON:
**EFFORT: work done, energy, serious attempt, exertion, spent, --- elbow grease.
** INTENTUALLY: the thing you plan or achieve, a clear aim, on purpose, determined, value, important.
** KIND: gentle nature, desire to help, wanting to do good, make others happy, forbearing,
Every person you talk to knows what’s wrong with the world. Few care?
**DIAGNOSIS: identifying problem or sickness, tell what is wrong, see the signs or symptoms…
**PROGNOSIS: OPINION IN HOW TO OVERCOME, PROSPECT OF RECOVERY, a plan.
IF WE CAN UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE IN A THERMOMETER AND A THERMOSTAT IN THE ROOM? WHY DO WE REFUSE TO ACKOWLEDGE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SPIRITUAL THERMOMETERS AND SPIRITUAL THERMOSTATS?
**Thermostat: automatic to regulate, control, control
ARE YOU A THERMOMETER OR A THERMOSTAT?
EXPERT? Did you know we go to the WEBSTER’S DICTIONARY TO KNOW? 1996 edition of WEBSTER has 315 words misspelled.
**BETTERING THE HUMAN SPIRITUAL CONDITION IS THE GREATEST GOOD ANY INDIVIDUAL CAN ACHIEVE.
PRETEND WITH ME? WHAT KIND OF MOOD? WHO TAKES OWNERSHIP OF MY MOODS? WHAT IS MY PERSCEPTIVE?
Mark 11:9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
There were two donkeys walking along the streets of Jerusalem. The one donkey said to the other. You are not going to believe this, but just yesterday I was walking coming into Jerusalem. The crowd was going wild for me. They were screaming and yelling and clapping. They were cutting down branches and laying them down for me. Some of the people took their cloaks and laid them down for me. Wow, what a day it was. I was a “star.” Everybody loved me. TODAY, NO ONE SEEMS TO RECOGNIZE ME.
The other donkey was so amazed that his friend failed to see. The second donkey then replied: WITHOUT JESUS YOU ARE NOTHING!
THERE HAS BEEN A PLAN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD…
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
NOTE: We call this the 7th entry to Jerusalem the TRIUMPHAL VISIT. Jesus riding on a donkey. A PRINCE RIDES A DONKEY. But next time it will be much different. Do we know JESUS 8TH ENTRY TO JERUSALEM WILL BE JESUS RIDING A WHITE HORSE AND HE WILL COME THROUGH THE EASTERN GATE?
Pretend a little more? BE REAL HONEST?
Pretend you are 85 years old? Pretend you are now in the rest home? Your food is placed in a grinder to make it easier to swallow. You roommate screams and talks to people that are not there. You hear someone yell, MOMMA, MOMMA? The nurse will get to you when she has the time?
WILL YOU WISH YOU HAD BEEN A LITTLE KINDER? As you lay there in your bed you might think, I NEVER PLANNED ON BEING HERE? What will you think about looking out the window when you are 85?
If you could come back to today from that rest home room and change something what would you change? Well, at 85 there is not much you can change? But if we could think ahead today, we might want to change something that would help with our regrets? We might DESIRE TO BUILD A BETTER ME? WE MIGHT WANT SOMEONE TO COME AND VISIT US? We might hang a card on the wall someone sent to look and remember?
I LOVE THE WORDS: INTENTIONALLY KINDER. Intentionally kinder today. Some day we will wish we had turned off the computer, we will wish the kids came to see us? We would love to have a phone call? Most rest homes don’t have phones in the room?
WHAT DO I LOOK LIKE?
Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Philippians 2:5 (NLT) You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
CAN WE RECOGNIZE SPIRITUAL REALITY?
I read where some well-known stars were traveling in their days. In his travels CHARLIE CHAPLIN just happened to come