Posts Tagged ‘advice’

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My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin.” (1 John‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬ NLT)

We are familiar with John Steinbeck’s works, such as Of Mice And Men and The Grapes Of Wrath. But one of his best works was a letter to his teenage son, Thom, who had written of his feelings for a girl at boarding school in 1958: “First — if you are in love — that’s a good thing — that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.” The whole letter is a very touching fatherly moment from a famous man’s private life.

As the Apostle John was writing this letter to churched people, his fatherly concern was that they were not being committed enough in love to Christ, allowing old ways and habits to creep back in to their changed life. So, he does the only thing he can do from such a long distance away: He writes a letter from his heart.

When you love people, you will reach out to them in whatever relevant way you can in order to meet a need. Take time this week to write a note, text, email, or give a call to someone you love. Don’t let moments pass you by when you could be impacting someone’s life with your interaction. You are loved and made to show it!

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Whoever learns from correction is wise.” (Proverbs‬ ‭15‬:‭5‬ NLT)

As I rode in the passenger seat as my youngest child drove this morning to the corner store for breakfast items to bring home, I find myself full of parental wisdom. My desire is not to humiliate or frustrate my kids, but to show them a healthier, cheaper way to drive! So, with my knuckles turning white on the dash and my foot pounding a hole in the floor where another brake pedal SHOULD be, we survived the two block trip and he gained MUCH wisdom in a small amount of time.

God puts wise people into our life so that we can learn valuable lessons to enrich our lives. But if our pride won’t allow us to submit to counsel or correction, we doom ourselves to learn life the hard way, chin first. Then we whine about how tough life is when we could’ve had it better if we had only listened.

As you get ready to come to church tomorrow, come ready to learn. God’s word and His people are the best advisors that lead to a better life. Learn well and life will require less white knuckles! You are loved today!

Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be joyful.” (Proverbs 16:20 NLT)

King Edward III of England and his army crossed the English Channel in 1346, pillaging the French countryside before Philip VI of France caught up with them near the village of Crecy. With 11,000 longbows from England against France’s 40,000 infantry, it should’ve been a quick fight. But against Philip’s wishes, his troops advanced right into death and one of France’s worst battlefield losses.

It pays to listen to our leadership, but especially to God. We don’t like advice because it makes us feel incapable of succeeding on our own. But words from those that have “been there & done that” could save us from a worse humiliation.

Be a person that can receive advice as well as giving it. Learn the habit of hearing wise words from trusted lips and a more trusted Savior to help you live well. France can’t hide from the debacle at Crecy, but you can avoid it! You are loved today!

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