Devotional for Wednesday November 29th

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Pushing through adversity”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.” Galatians 6:9-10 (HCSB)

 

Our thought for today: “Just keep going.”

 

Two of the key lessons we have learned this month with respect to pushing through adversity are first, we have to persevere. Just keep going and don’t give up. And second, we should take our eyes off of our self and our own problems and focus instead on serving God and blessing others. Doing so will help to further the cause of Christ, it will help other people, and it will keep us from obsessing about our own situation and thereby becoming depressed about it.

 

In Galatians 6:9-10 Paul addressed both of those points. There he urges us to just lean into it, push through it, and never ever give up. He also tells us to always be on the lookout for opportunities to do good things for others – especially for other Christians.

 

All of that points to the vital issue of attitude. When it comes to pushing through adversity attitude is everything. How you think about it will determine how you act, and how you act will determine the results you get. A few years ago I came across a great little book that provides good guidance for achieving and keeping the right attitude – especially when facing tough times. The book is “The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success” by Andy Andrews. I found the book so helpful that I rewrote the seven decisions to personalize them for myself and I keep them in my Bible. Here are my paraphrases of decisions 3 and 4. They pertain to our theme of pushing through adversity:

 

#3. “I am a man of action. I will not dwell in a pit of despair. I will not waste time regretting lost opportunities. I will take the action necessary to make my life better. When faced with a choice of doing something or doing nothing, I will always choose to act. Successful people make their decisions quickly, change their minds slowly, and move forward with confidence.”

 

#4. “I have a determined heart. I have vision. I have purpose. I will persevere. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I have the power to control my direction as well as my forward movement in that direction. I do not procrastinate. All my problems become smaller when I confront them.”

 

I think the Apostle Paul would agree with those statements. He was a determined man of vision, purpose, and action. He valued perseverance and he just pushed through adversity. He did not let up and he did not give up. I encourage you to have the same attitude. Don’t let up and don’t give up. Just keep going and push through it.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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