Living Life God's Way 10/1/2007
- +Living Life God's Way+
When Christ becomes our central focus,
contentment replaces our anxiety as well as our fears and insecurities.
The Secret of Living
When money is our objective for happiness, we must live in fear of
losing it, which makes us paranoid and suspicious. When fame is our aim,
we become competitive lest others upstage us, which makes us envious.
When power and influence drive us, we become self-serving and
strong-willed, which makes us arrogant. And when possessions become our
god, we become materialistic, thinking enough is never enough, which
makes us greedy. All these pursuits fly in the face of contentment and
Only Christ can satisfy, whether we have or don't have, whether we
are known or unknown, whether we live or die. And the good news is this:
Death only sweetens the pie! That alone is enough to make you laugh
The Living Bible states: "For to me, living means opportunities for
Christ, and dying - well, that's better yet!" (Phil 1:21). The New
Testament in Modern English, J.B. Phillip's paraphrase, reads: "For
living to me means simply 'Christ,' and if I die I should merely gain
more of him."
What is the sum and substance of all this? The secret of living is
the same as the secret of joy: Both revolve around the centrality of
Jesus Christ. In other words, the pursuit of happiness is the
cultivation of a Chrust-centered, Christ-controlled life.
From Day by Day with Charles Swindoll
My prayer for all of you today is that you will comtemplate and pray on
words and ask God where you are on this. Trust God's promises and use
the courage and
confidence that comes from Him only to make any changes that He may
In God's Love, Ross
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