March 19, 2016:
If you’re reading this, and you’re about to do something stupid, here are some thoughts for the day:
- There’s only one truth.
- If you make your own truth, and somebody else makes his own truth, and you disagree with each other, then who’s right? Either one of you is wrong, or you’re both wrong. I’m sure you think you’re the one who’s right.
- The only people who know they’re absolutely right about the wrong thing are the ignorant and the foolish.
- Hating someone because you hate their viewpoint is ignorant and foolish.
- Love people, not viewpoints.
- Sin begins with selfishness.
- Just because it feels right today doesn’t mean it won’t hurt like hell tomorrow.
- Having wisdom also means thinking about tomorrow.
- Do your research. Remember history.
- You may only live once, but how will history remember you when you’re gone?
- Once upon a time, Hitler was a sweet little kid.
- Only God knows the whole picture. You know only some of it.
- Even the wisest man who ever lived was ruined when he put romance ahead of God. Just ask King Solomon.
- If you have to sin to get what you want, you’re putting that thing above God.
- If something is meant to be, the right path will present itself at the right time and in the right way. Getting it any other way will diminish its goodness or its maximum effect, and the big meal you were promised may now just be a snack.
- There’s a reason why we have the Ten Commandments. And there’s a reason why they’re presented in the order they were written. And there’s a reason why “Thou shall not put any other gods before Me” (“Me” referring to God) is the first.
- There’s also a reason why Jesus tells us to seek first the kingdom of God.
- Just because you don’t think you’re doing stupid doesn’t mean you’re doing smart.
Put that gun down. Put away that hate speech. Get out of bed with that wrong person. You’re no better than the person you’re bullying. Stop being ignorant and foolish. Looking right and sounding right doesn’t make you right. It just stops you from achieving your maximum potential in life. If you want the best for your life, then get back on God’s path, and listen to what He has to say. And if you’ve never done that, then now’s the time. You can always make your money back tomorrow. You can never make back your precious time. Start making yourself better. Start fixing your heart. Stop turning a blind eye to wisdom. Stop damaging your soul.
If any part of this list bothers you, then you probably needed to read it.
If you don’t think you need God, then reread this list. If you think you’re too smart for God, then reread this list.
Consider these verses, written long before any of us had the sense to even tie our shoes, spoken by those who had understanding about things in ways that you and I still don’t:
“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” – Jeremiah 17:9 (NIV)
“…32 The scribe said to Him, ‘Right, Teacher; You have truly stated that HE IS ONE, AND THERE IS NO ONE ELSE BESIDES HIM; 33 AND TO LOVE HIM WITH ALL THE HEART AND WITH ALL THE UNDERSTANDING AND WITH ALL THE STRENGTH, AND TO LOVE ONE’S NEIGHBOR AS HIMSELF, is much more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.’ 34 When Jesus saw that he had answered intelligently, He said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ After that, no one would venture to ask Him any more questions.” – Mark 12:32-34 (NIV)
“…32 ‘For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 ‘But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 ‘So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:32-34 (NIV)
Not trying to anger anyone or incite a riot with this list, but I do want to see people live better lives than they’re living. Hopefully you’ll give these ideas some thought if you’re living below your best potential.
Have a good day.
Note: Bible excerpts taken from BibleHub.com.