People who discover that their time is limited often make radical lifestyle changes. They give up workaholism and slow down the pace of their lives, relinquish the pursuit and collection of material possessions and finally enjoy the fullness of what they already have.
Change is just a part of life. The winds of change will either make you stronger or knock you down. In marriage, the problems and trials will either draw you closer together or destroy your relationship. In your body, illness and injury can destroy your spirit or make you stronger than ever. In your career, a lost opportunity can snuff out your dream or inspire you to fan the flames more vigorously. It all depends on your response.
Are you as grateful as I am that a GPS – Global Positioning System – has become available for in-car use and on your mobile phone? I don’t know how I found my way without one. But, a GPS isn’t just for navigating between geographic locations. It represents a great way to consider what God has instilled in us to help us find the road to an abundant life.
How do we discover who we were meant to be? Whether you’re seriously asking this question for the first time or have been pondering it for many years, the starting point is the same. First, you must look up to the Source of your creation if you’re truly going to comprehend who you are and what you were created to do.
Most people who know their days are numbered understand the importance of the little sensory details that we often take for granted. They know what it means to wake up each day with a grateful heart. I’ve seen men and women suffering from chronic pain with smiles on their faces as they sipped their morning coffee or held the hand of their spouse.
How do you handle the people in your life that rub you the wrong way? They may be hurtful and annoying. Some of them may even live in your house with you! Often, it’s the people we love the most who irritate us the most. But, how often do you stop to think about how you bother those around you?
Loving completely involves managing conflict. Conflict is inevitable in relationships; when two unique and imperfect people come together, they simply won’t agree about everything. That’s why it’s critical that we learn how to deal effectively with relationship issues.
Yesterday, we talked about the essential of forgiveness in our relationships. If we are to love completely, we must learn to forgive fully. To maintain healthy relationships, there will always be obstacles we will face. Three of the most common threats are misunderstandings, selfishness and mistakes whether intentional or not.
We’ve all heard it, and most of us have said it at some time. Many know it by heart. Some call it The Lord’s Prayer or The Model Prayer. As familiar as this prayer may be, how often do we really consider what we’re saying? Do we really want God to answer the part where we pray, “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors”?
When all is said and done, relationships are all that really matter. It doesn’t matter how much money we have, where we live, or how many beautiful toys we’ve collected. None of these can comfort us, console us, cry with us, or love us. Our investment in the people we care about is the only legacy that has the power to endure beyond our lifetime.