Day: Wed, 27 Nov2013

The True Master of My Destiny

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Heavenly Father Welcoming His Son HomeI am not in this world to live up to the full expectations of others, therefore I refuse to allow anyone to dictate to me what I should or should not be doing with the life that I have been given. Anyone is free to make suggestions and offer constructive and thoughtful criticism, but no one is the master of my destiny. I serve only one TRUE Master, and it is He who wrote the beginning chapters of my life, and it is He who knows what the last chapters will say.

I have found in my young 54 years of life that oftentimes others raise the bar higher and impose stricter standards for others than for themselves, and when people do not measure up to their predetermined expectations, they are found quick to ridicule and judge those people, and in some instances label them as failures or as nobody.

I am not a nobody, nor am I a failure, nor will I ever accept being labeled as a nobody or failure by someone else. In my Heavenly Father’s eyes I am somebody. I am one of His children. And if I become a failure on this pilgrim journey, it will not be because others have deemed it so, but rather because I have failed myself.

I am not here to strive to win the praises and accolades of men for that is not my goal. My goal is to live my life as pleasing unto the Father, and if I do as He commands and endure to the end, I will have truly succeeded in this life, regardless of what the world thinks or believes. My ultimate goal is to hear Him one day say, “Well done good and faithful servant!” There are no earthly rewards that man could ever give me that will ever compare to the eternal rewards that will be mine when I return home and meet the Master face to face.

The Reach of Our Thanksgiving

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Dr. Charles F. Stanley, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta, Georgia delivered a Thanksgiving message to his congregation titled “The Reach of Our Thanksgiving.” In this message he explains why we are to give thanks for all things – the good things in life, as well as the adversities that we face.

1 Thessalonians 5:14-18

14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
16 Rejoice evermore.
17 Pray without ceasing.
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.