Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you (Psalm 32:9 NIV).
Don’t be like a horse… Psalm 32:9
Hind-sight is always better than foresight, so the saying goes. Unfortunately that little cliché carries a lot of truth. We learn more through experience than through advice from other people. Our personal encounters with different situations activate a deeper understanding.
Case in point:
Experiences Drives a Deeper Understanding
When I was learning to drive (many years ago) I was told by my father, mother, older siblings, and drivers-ed teacher not to go around sharp turns too fast. If you do…read more
T is for Time. Prepare by reading and thinking about 1 Peter 5:6-11
…be submissive… be pleasing and give satisfaction in every way. [be careful] not to talk back or contradict…to prove themselves truly loyal and entirely reliable and faithful throughout, so that in everything they may be an ornament and do credit to the teaching [which is] from and about God our Savior (Titus 2:9-10 AMP).
Paul wrote the above verse to Titus concerning the appropriate attitude and service of slaves…Christian slaves.
Many of us shrug off verses that apply to slaves. What could such passages have to do with those of us who are free? Some may say that these verses apply to the workplace, which in a sense they can and should be implemented there. But is it possible that God has a much deeper meaning for them—one that applies to ALL of us?
Peter said, “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them” (2 Peter 2:19). Paul’s discourse in Romans chapter 6 reminds us that we are all either slaves to sin or slaves to righteousness. We are slaves to Satan or slaves to Jesus Christ.
If we’re still denying that we are slaves, read more.
U is for Understanding. Prepare by reading and thinking about Psalm 32.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. (1 Peter 5:10 NIV)
Consider the Lilies
Renewing the mind requires endurance. Endurance inevitably produces strength. All are necessary for reaching our goals. However the road to true life change is long and rough. Pitfalls along the way take their tool, and we become weary and lose hope. When we lose hope we run the risk of giving up. Remember the old adage: Winners never quit, and quitters never win? We can bank on it. But how do you maintain optimism during the long dreary days of “temporary defeat?”
…being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light (Colossians 1:11-12 NIV).
Writing a blog seems to be a test of my endurance. I’ve been at it for a long time, nearly ten years. My first attempt was way back before the easy pre-formatted type websites designed specifically for reader-writer interaction came along. View the Bible studies at Two Small Fish.
Through the years, I made plenty of mistakes…still do. I trip over typos and misused words. I sit on the “curb” and watch the sun shine. I…Oh look! Read More
Next week: S is for Strength. Read and mediate on Psalm 28:6-9
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2 NIV)
A matter of mind over matter, is that all there is to renewing the mind?
I’m a habitual procrastinator. There I said, or rather, and more incriminatingly, I wrote it. I know putting urgent and even not-so-urgent chores off leads to problems. I have made New Year resolutions year after year to correct my nasty habit. And every year, I end with a list of tasks I should have done months before the holidays.
We all have bad habits which compel us to make New Year’s Resolutions year after year. And year after year, we fail to overcome those bad habits. Why?