Being “example conscious” will prompt us to go the extra mile so that others see an unmistakable, unequivocal example of godliness in our lives. Let’s not deprive our friends of what may be the only godly example they have a chance to be exposed to.
Let’s meditate on the importance of obedience to God and determine that we’re going to accept the responsibility that goes along with knowing what we know about the truth. God wants us not only to know the right thing but to do the right thing.
Changes in our inward character show up outwardly, particularly in our faces. When the changes are positive in nature, produced by a more truthful conception of God, the results are often striking. As the old adage puts it, the portrait of a godly soul is a shining face.
We are hurt far more by the malignancies in our character than by the illnesses in our body. And it is the removal of these sins in the heart that God is concerned with. The Great Physician desires,, more than anything, to restore our spiritual health and wholeness.
Sooner or later, God’s methods will be seen to have been the best, however ineffective they may seem right now. In the meantime, let’s trust the process and give it time — nothing less than a lifetime — to work. The process may be slow, but it’s very sure.
In the kingdom, there are many new things to be learned. But before we can learn them, there is a good deal of grown-up “stuff” that needs to be unlearned, especially our desire for counterfeit pleasures rather than the real ones that God has provided.
It’s a curious fact that sometimes we may be feeling quite mirthful on the inside but no one could tell it by looking at our faces. I suggest that it’s a healthy exercise to let physical laughter break out from inside us more often. It’s too good to keep bottled up!
For gladness to occur, it isn’t necessary for some “great” event to transpire. Small things can provide great gladness, often better than large ones, and there aren’t many days when we don’t have numerous chances to give and to enjoy commonplace gladness.
I hope the next decade will be the “Roaring Twenties,” as far as my writing output is concerned. With every new page I write, I am ever more conscious of the good that can be done with these books. I pray that you will help me get them finished.
It may be that in past years I had begun to take my work for granted. If so, I have been vividly reminded that none of us has anything that can’t be taken away very quickly, if the Lord chooses (James 4:13-17). So I have been humbled and have become a more grateful person.