Tuesday, 23 July 2013

BREVITY AND VANITY OF LIFE


"A careless word may kindle strife. A cruel word may wreck a life. A timely word may level stress. But a loving word heal and bless."


"The future has several names for the weak it is impossible, for the faint- hearted it is unknown; but for the valiant it is ideal."
As we live each day we should allow ourself to dwell on the importance of making our time here a blessing. May our prayer be..."Lord make me to know mine own end and the measure of my days what it is. That I may know how frail I am; behold you have made my life a hand breath; and my age is as nothing before thee."

Verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Surely every man walk in a vain show, surely they are disquieted in vain; he heaps up riches, and knows not who shall reap them. And now, Lord, what wait I for? My hope is in thee. (Psalm 39:4-7)

David here recollects, and leaves upon record, the workings of his heart under his afflictions; and it is a good thing for us to do also; that what was thought amiss may be sorted and what was well thought of may be improved upon.

Worldly people inquire for good; all they want is outward good, present good. Good food, good trade, good estate, any good will serve the turn of most men, but David found happiness in the giver of life.

May we always seek to be lover of a pure thought as well as action thereby ensuring a renewed mind; may we break down pride and overcome the power of temptations which only serves to destroy us; as we seek to have a deep abiding sense of eternal things and love for each other as Christ loves us, we will begin to enjoy the true meaning of life and experience the power available to us. 

"There is a season for everything and a time for everything under the heavens, a time to be born and a time to die. Why are so many contented to live life on a low plane, without any desire to live their life in the stature of their maker?  Why are many not interested in living the life that counts?

Whether we admit it or not, the fact is we all struggle with habits that are detrimental to the health of our souls and unless we overcome them, they will overcome us as well as destroy us. It was John Wesley's mother who wrote to him during his college life. This is what she wrote: "Would you judge in the lawfulness or unlawfulness of pleasure, take this rule. Whatever weakens your reasons, impair the  tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God....Whatever increases the authority of your body over your mind, - that, to you, is sin."

God has great things in store for all, only we must not be satisfied to stand still, or be contented to do nothing.  Living life on the low plane, is the life of a loser, there are only two ways to live life, God's way or your way; and his way is the winning way.

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