Saturday, August 15, 2009

Wise Choices

God is Wisdom

The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart. 1 Kings 10:24

Solomon was a great leader, the third King of Israel.  He was also known as the wisest man to have ever lived.  He placed his trust in God, but over time he became disobedient and took matters into his own hands. At times of testing, it was evident that his own wisdom didn’t lead him into right choices. As a result, Solomon lost everything -- his wealth, power, peace, and security. 

How many of us know the right thing to do, and yet fall short in our actions?    Temptations to do things our way, to control the situation, to take shortcuts or follow the crowd… these short sided decisions get in the way of allowing Godly wisdom to prevail. 

When building a career, business, marriage, or family, it is not enough to get off to a good start.  We must remain faithful to God to the end, always yielding our selfish desires to make wise choices.

And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.  2 Thessalonians 3:13

Because God is Wisdom, we can know and do what is right.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Teamwork Requires Forgiveness

God is Love

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  Colossians 3:13

We all know that teamwork requires each player to do his or her part.  When someone lets you down, how do you respond? Do you hold a grudge, complain, or get even?  Why is it so hard to forgive?  To remember that we too have sinned and fallen short and that our Heavenly Father has paid the price for our transgressions is very powerful.  If you can reflect on the kindness and grace our Lord gives when we do not deserve it, forgiving others is possible.

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  Luke 11:4

Because God is Love, we can forgive others.