Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
There was a time when a person’s word meant everything. It was trusted because it marked a person’s character. If you could keep your word you were a good friend and a reliable employee. Neighbors wanted to be with you and not with the person who snubbed them in the past.
There was a time when people craved commitment and having a purpose. It was not long ago that while a great deal of people had begun not to care about those things anymore, a great presence of people still wanted to have meaning in their life. In the past decade those numbers have dwindled at an alarming rate.
There was a time when people had values. Some would argue that values have simply changed, but there is a harsh difference in a “changed value” and no value at all.
I have given the lives of my children to God. I know He has a purpose for their lives. I also am all too aware that my job is to raise them up in the way that they should go. A job that I cannot do alone. A job that is really God working through me and my husband. I pray for their salvation constantly, and for them to not fall into the millions of options of temptation that are around every corner.
I am tired of people doing what they want just because they can. I am tired of selfishness and looking out for number one. I am sorry if life isn’t always perfect, but big news is that no one’s life is perfect. Putting things and self first is not going to change that. I am tired of the “cool” people (from age 5-95) being cool because of all the “stuff” they have or all the places they have gone or stunts they have pulled.
Why isn’t it “cool” to raise a family? To commit to serving others? To lead people to Christ and know that they will live for eternity in His presence? Last I checked eternity is infinitely longer than are lives on earth…for real.
Moms and Dads may live the most exciting lives in all actuality. Most parents have children that turn their hair gray from time to time…or 10 times a day. We are always riding on the brink of disaster. 😉
I am not knocking fancy houses and cars, being promoted at your company or traveling the world. All those are wonderful things. I am challenging everyone everywhere to put people first. Keep your word, keep your promises, stay with your families even if it means sacrificing, don’t let a little pain make you run from the things you once loved.
Most importantly, love God, follow Jesus, trust in the Holy Spirit to guide you. Stand firm in your faith. If you don’t know Jesus, find out about Him and ask Him to show you the way. HAVE PURPOSE IN YOUR LIFE, don’t just follow the next “cool” guy or chase after the next best thing. Make a life you can be proud to say you lived and proud for others’ to see. Make a life that the next generation will want to live and pray for a revival in our nation.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time
2 Timothy 1:9
I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say: My purpose will stand,
and I will do all that I please.
I am so thankful that God’s will and purpose will stand no matter what! Praise to Him!