If OnlyMay 9 2012 at 6:54 AM
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He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit...
(Proverbs 27:18, NIV)
Its easy to get stuck in the trap of thinking that if only your circumstances would just change, then life would be better. You might think, If I got a new job, or a new house or had better friends, then I would really be happy. But Ive learned that often times, God changes us before He changes our circumstances. We are thinking, If only my circumstances would change, when God may be thinking, If only your attitude would change!
Today, if youve been thinking, If only, its time to turn your thoughts around. Dont allow negative thinking to direct your attitude or affect how you treat others. Instead, begin to thank God for what He has planned for you. Bloom where you are planted. Tend to what God has placed in your hand. If you will focus on what you have instead of focusing on what you dont have, then God can bless you and multiply you and lead you forward into the destiny He has in store for you!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father in heaven, thank You for Your goodness and grace upon my life. Today I choose to turn my thoughts around and focus on what You have placed in my hands. I will be faithful knowing that You are faithful, and that You have a good plan in store for me in Jesus name! Amen.
|May 9 2012, 6:56 AM |
by Charles R. Swindoll
In [Christ] are hidden all the
treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
From the looks of things, you're pretty impressive. You've got a nice place. And I suppose your neighbors would agree that you're a hard worker . . . climbing right on up that ladder toward success, right? . . .
Your salary is good and your material possessions are growing in number, but . . . the truth is you are empty on the inside and you're faking it on the outside. Not one thing you own in your "kingdom" has brought you the happiness you long for.
So you're thinking, "Maybe if I could land that better job," or "get into that bigger house," or . . . or . . . .
But don't allow the smoke screen of more money to blind your eyes to the truth. There's a lot more to being rich than making more money. Seneca, the Roman, was right: "Money has never yet made anyone rich."
Do you want riches? Then listen to Jesus: But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you (Matthew 6:33).
For the real riches, try switching kingdoms.