For those of us who believe that God has a plan for our lives, we need only look in the Bible for confirmation:
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. Genesis 1:26
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me…Psalm 138:8
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord…Jeremiah 29:11
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. – Proverbs 19:21
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. – Proverbs 16:9
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. – Psalm 32:8
But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.” – 2 Corinthians 2:9
The Lord of hosts has sworn: “As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand. – Isaiah 14:24
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8
And finally: How do you make God laugh? Tell him your plans for the future. Happy Sunday.
The artist, Thomas Kinkaid, known as the painter of light, is also known for his uplifting thoughts of which I share a few here:
Life offers second chances.
You’ll never know if life can be trusted until you take the risk of really living.
Approach every day of your life with dedication.
To gain a fresh perspective on your world, try looking at life through the eyes of a child.
Life, even a balanced, harmonious life, was never meant to be static and unchanging.
Life offers courage and strength and humor to cope with the inevitable negatives.
If you want little gifts of joy in your life…you may actually have to train yourself to notice them.
Life, if you have eyes to see the whole picture, brims with meaning, with purpose.
I’ll have more Kinkaid quotes in a few days.
Blog ideas come to me from many places and this one is from Pastor Matthew Ruttan’s July 17th devotional. The photo and its caption captured my attention. It reminded me of the many times I’ve heard this from people…”That’s just the way I am and I can’t change.”
Well, that’s all fine and dandy but what if a change would be for the better as in the case of the caterpillar?
What if you could learn more, do more, be more, have more peace and become aware of your life’s purpose?
I’m not calling myself a butterfly but I’m sure glad God loved me enough to not leave me as I was. Are you ready to be changed? Accept the love that is offered and watch the cocoon of your life take wings.
God loves you as you are. But God loves you too much to leave you as you are.
Yesterday I re-blogged a post, “Creating Memories” by Butch Dean. Today I want to re-emphasize some of the points Butch made because they are really memorable.
“Death has taken someone from our lives. The memories are as good as they’re going to get and there will be no more.”Read that last sentence again: “The memories are as good as they’re going to get and there will be no more.” How profound!
Butch also wrote, “We live with what we created…..we regret the rest of our life, a memory we could have changed, but didn’t.” I find this very insightful and worth thinking about, but more so, putting into practice.
“Focus on creating good memories…” Well, we don’t always do that, and why should we? The answer is in the first paragraph of Butch’s blog. “More often than not, we don’t see it until it’s too late; a memory that you’d just as soon forget has been made.”
Today’s post is perpetuated for a purpose and that is to be more aware of how we are living our lives. Are we making memories that will be a blessing to ourselves and others or are we making memories we would just as soon forget?
Matthew Kelly. You will get to know that name because now that I have discovered him I am going to post several of his quotes over the next few days. Matthew is an Australian author of many books, one of which is The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose, from whence I chose today’s quote.
“For the day we accept that we have chosen to choose our choices is the day we cast off the shackles of victimhood and are set free to pursue the lives we were born to live. Learn to master the moment of decision and you will live a life uncommon.”
― Matthew Kelly,
Like most quotes, scriptures, poems, essays and books, we only derive the message they impart by delving into the meaning…almost word for word. This quote is power packed!
The first verse of Rudyard Kipling’s poem, “I Keep Six Honest Serving Men” goes like this:
I keep six honest serving men
(They taught me all I ever knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
This got me to thinking about my own existence and I posed the following questions to myself:
Who am I?
Why am I here?
What is the purpose of my life?
Where is my life taking me?
When will I arrive?
How will I know the answers?
I have given myself the weekend to ponder this and perhaps by Monday I’ll have some answers. Please feel free to share some input on your own six honest serving men.