Archive for February 3, 2014
“The man said, ‘The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.’ Then the Lord said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ And the woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.'” Genesis 3:12-13 (NASB)
“We have 40 million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.” – Rudyard Kipling
The practice of blaming someone else is certainly not confined to our present generation. It has been true through the ages as far back as Adam and Eve. Paul had to remind Titus of this very thing, telling him “to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing every consideration for all men. For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures…” Titus 3:2-3 (NASB). Some people go through life blaming others for their failure to attain their aspirations, always talking about the other fellow’s lucky breaks. Perhaps this attitude is a result of an opposing spirit within ourselves.
“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” – Jim Rohn
Following on the heals of my last post, I decided (or more like have been undergoing sculpting by the Potter) that the issue of service deserved further attention. Two weeks ago I sat in a Bible study watching a Beth Moore video in which she asked us to write a letter to Jesus telling Him what we seek (what we want from Him…and I’m not talking a fully furnished home and a Rolls Royce). Some of my letter was practical. “I want my baby to be born AFTER my house is completely built.” “I would like to settle into a church home before Your second coming.” You get the picture. Other parts involved spiritual requests. A few were typical “Give me faith to trust You even when things are hard.” “I want to be a woman of courage.” But then I got to this one issue.
Perhaps you’ve done this…
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