Make no mistake – following Christ will cost us our lives. For a seed to bear fruit, it must be buried and broken open. “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone,” Jesus says in John 12:24 (ESV). The seed must be sacrificed; it must be put into the ground and planted for the plant to form and bear any fruit. If it is not planted, it remains alone – a single, unplanted seed which has no fruit.
Aren’t you glad cows don’t fly? There’s a children’s rhyme with numerous variations: “Once I looked up in the sky / Bird poop fell into my eye. / Instead of shouting at the bird, I gave thanks, / Because I’m glad cows don’t fly.”
God has perfect timing. Everything in his plan occurs at the precise moment it should happen. Nothings surprises God and God never deviates from his purpose.
If you have accepted Christ as your savior, do not doubt the thoroughness of Christ’s work. You are saved completely and nothing can tarnish your salvation or cause God to reject you. God never does anything half-way.
Your testimony is proof of God’s mercies and comfort. Your comeback story will inspire someone else who is hesitant, doubtful or afraid. Your comeback will be reminder to you of how faithful God is in the midst of heartache and hardship.
Praising God is also a matter of focus. Choosing to praise God is a choice to look forward through the windshield despite what you see in the mirror.
Worrying is like trying to carry water with just your hand. You can hold only so much since your hand was not designed to carry water. It’s pointless to attempt to move a lake from one place to another with just your hand.
Guard your mind because it is the source of words and deeds.
Adults will do strange things to make a child happy or to help a child learn. They will go great lengths to entertain, and while they may act silly, no one would call a teacher or a mother foolish for acting silly.
Trying to find success without God is like swimming against the current; it can be done, but it is easier to go with the flow.