Four Small Power Thoughts for the New Year
- Tuesday, January 07, 2003
We all have storms in our lives. Perhaps a loved one is on drugs, or we're experiencing painful conflict in a relationship. Maybe we are discouraged over someone's continued rejection of Christ.
When I was going through some awful storms, God gave me this Scripture that will sustain me every day of my life:
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things" [Philippians 4:6-7].
During the storms of our lives, we must direct our thoughts to the "whatevers" in this passage. When we fix our minds on these things, we can experience God's peace and freedom from anxiety as we pass through our storms. Our hearts are guarded from becoming cynical and pessimistic. And we're able to speak peace to others because of God's peace in us!
Reflect His Glory
During one trip, I had no spare time to get to my hotel. After disembarking from the plane, I rushed to the car rental counter only to be confronted by a clerk with tunnel vision. After repeatedly trying and failing to get her to understand my unusual situation, I lost my cool and began yelling. Finally, the manager came out, rectified the situation, and I was on my way.
I arrived at my destination much too late to get into any room. I spent most of the night in my car before heading to my speaking engagement, which went surprisingly well. Arriving back at the airport, I thought about my outburst. I was not proud. I had forgotten who I represent everywhere I go. I failed to "reflect the Lord's glory" and stand as a witness to that clerk.
When I returned to the car rental counter, I saw the woman who had provoked me. I spoke to her, but she turned her back to me. I spoke again, trying to communicate my apology. She shook her head, refusing to accept it.
I can't change the past. But I certainly can make a decision today to behave like Jesus and show the world His glory.
Know That Nothing Is Impossible
Has God given you a vision you think can never happen? Perhaps you are burdened for the souls of single mothers in your community. Or maybe you want to reach out to young people with the Gospel message. You know you can't do it on your own. You don't know how. You don't know who to ask for help. You don't know where to go. And so you give up.
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