Summary: Life is a journey and a process, we must chart our course wisely.
I ponder today, how life is a journey. Life is a process --- should be a progressive process. We are ever, gradually, changing. We must steer this process that life’s results leads us the way we want to go.
Life is a series of choices and actions. We need an evaluation system to determine, am I going the way I want to go? What is the value of what I determine in significance and importance?
John 6: 60 -66, records some sad words,the lessons Jesus teach are getting hard, the free fish and bread is gone from sight. Many make the decision to leave following Jesus.
Jesus turns to Peter and asks: ARE YOU LEAVING, TOO?
This journey is not always easy, the trail often is up hill, but the goal of the process of our journey, should be to find Jesus’ heart.
Life becomes the sum total of our menial daily choices. Get ready for blessings. A great lesson in this journey is giving.
Most know what DOA means? Dead on arrival. But what about COA, Course of action. What is your course of action? We often quote, No one plans to fail, they fail to plan. We must determine what our course of action is? Will our plan include the Bible? The Bible, -- news you can use if you choose? Will our plan include faithfulness to the church?
1. HATE CAN NEVER BEAT HATRED! Hate can never cease hatred. You cannot force someone to love you! Anger will never produce good fruit.
Revenge is a poor motivation. Hatred ceases by love and forgiveness. This is a law of God. God is love. Love never fails.
2. WE MUST CREATE MEANING FROM SUFFERING. Recently, I saw a TV program where a young beautiful girl was killed in an accident. The parents of the girl hated the person responsible for the tragic accident. They ran across a motto that changed their life. We must create meaning for suffering. They started reaching out to teenagers and developed a program to try and stop this terrible drinking and driving problem.
Their attitude changed as they invested love and time in others. Instead of sitting in a dark room crying, they enter the arena to arise and do something. They have helped many. They created meaning from suffering.
3. THERE ARE TWO SOURCES OF MOTIVATION!
A. I will do this because of fear and I am afraid of punishment. This attitude grows out of, "DO I HAVE TO ..." How sad life has become when I have to do this becomes our reasoning for motivation. Fear is a good motivation, temporarily. Then we forget the fear. Many look forward to rewards and expect punishment, but how sad each day becomes.
B. I will do this because of love. Love motivation is the greatest joy of life. My attitude is ... "I DO THIS BECAUSE I WANT TO... " Everything motivated and birthed in love and investment should continue to keep the love growing. This makes life worth living. Gifts of love are permanent in nature and do not have to be applauded. When love is involved, giving does not seem like a painful sacrifice.
4. You can give and not love, but you can never love without giving! Giving and forgiving are good team members. Giving means to share, to bear, to yield to another, change possessions, to commit to another’s trust, enter wholeheartedly into an activity.