Handle Your Life With Care, it’s Your Only One

This weekend I start a new series “Handle With Care”.   The verses for this weekend are:

“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.  Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.”  Ephesians 5.15-16 (New Living Translation)

We only have one life.  We only have the present.  Our decisions are important as they impact so many people. We need to live wise.  Not like fools who have no regard for their family, their future, or their God.  Fools live selfish. Fools make decisions without the Lord. Fools waste opportunities.  Proverbs teach that  fools come to ruin.  They dishonor their parents, they make decisions for their own benefit, they have  lost sight of the gift of life.

The Lord has a will for us all. We can’t control what others do, say, or decide. But we do control our decisions, our speech, our daily choices.  We have so many opportunities, and we need to live wise to make those times prosper with all the good fruit of the spirit.

  • Loving and spending time with your kids is a wise opportunity.
  • Responding to the Lord and others when we fail and not blaming is an opportunity for honesty and humility which are  wisdom.
  • Making the most of your marriage, repairing it, granting grace, serving is sure an opportunity to make the most.
  • Living for Jesus and all the benefits of those choices, make a our lives a legacy.
  • Honesty, morality, sexual purity, love, forgiveness, and being content, are all virtues Christ makes available to us if we walk in them.  This evil world rejects it all.  Greed, lust, materialistic ambitions, always being right is the norm of the day—sadly.

God has called us higher and gives us the power, relationship with him, and the love to live every day to our best and that’s His best.

Handle your life with Care. You only get one. Ask the Lord to help you honor Him, and live without regrets.

Press On  PN



Time Continues to Move

“So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90.12

This is a prayer that God would help us understand that life goes fast and in the flurry of life we make decisions every single day that can add wisdom to our heart.  I believe as we grow in the knowledge of the Lord and His ways we understand his heart and wisdom much better which gives us a heart of wisdom to present to the Lord.  Also adding wise choices throughout your life adds wisdom.  Here are some thoughts I have on this topic.

  1. We have been given life, and we must use our days for God’s glory.
  2. Making choices that are selfish, sinful, foolish, and self-serving do not add wisdom to our life, but brings foolishness into our life, and hurts a lot of people.
  3. Time moves so fast. Babies, then toddlers, then graduation, then weddings. You know what I mean.  May God teach us to use our time and enjoy that gift.
  4. Use your time to build amazing relationships with your family and others.
  5. Use your time to serve, help those in need, honor God by making this earth a little better for some.
  6. Use your time to go after that desire God put in your heart that won’t go away.
  7. Use your life to be a person who understand the love of Christ and let’s his love and life pour to you and through you to others.

At the end of my life, the only thing I have to present to the Lord is me, with the grace of Christ.  A life that is lived wisely, bringing him honor and his name glory, is a life that is better than all the riches, fame, and empty pursuits, most of our culture thinks is so important. May God teach us to number our days. We need his help.

10 Lessons I have learned about choices and decisions.

I have made some great choices in my life.  I have also made some horrible choices that have caused many pain, and regret in my own soul.  Everyday they say (I don’t know who “they” are!  LOL) we make 30,000 decisions.  Wow!  A lot of opportunities to make some awful mistakes, but also, some opportunities to make some great ones.  So here are some things I have and am learning about decisions and choices.

  1. When I am not closest to the Lord, my choices have the potential to be the worst and the most selfish.
  2. I need to make decisions slowly with patience.
  3. I must pray about decisions and choicest that have the potential to affect others. I must pray about them more.
  4. I must never make impulsive decisions.
  5. The enemy will try to influence my decisions, and he would like to choose sin.
  6. I must have the wisdom of God, and the mind of Christ.
  7. Some decisions need counsel, and to glean the wisdom of others.
  8. I need to look into the future, of the potential effects of my decisions, not just the immediate.
  9. I cannot allow others to try to put me in the position to make their decisions for them.
  10. I am vulnerable to make bad decisions should I not pay attention to these.

James 1.5-8 “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.”

Tyndale House Publishers. (2007). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (3rd ed., Jas 1:5–8). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

God’s Wisdom get Godly results

Reading proverbs a lot during this series on “The Way of Wisdom”.  Here are some good ones for the day.  Take some time and read the Proverbs everyday. We need to grow in God’s wisdom for all Wisdom is from the Lord. 

Proverbs 11.30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.(Be a tree….win souls)

23.17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, But live in the fear of the LORD always. (God is better than riches..etc).

20.1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise. (Abstaining from booze is wise).

15.25 The LORD will tear down the house of the proud, But He will establish the boundary of the widow. (God is attracted to humility)

18.19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a citadel. (Live in peace with everyone, reconciliation can be tough)

15.9 The lips of the wise spread knowledge, But the hearts of fools are not so. (fools hate learning, the wise love it, and they speak it.)                            New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Pr 15:7). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation



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