Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The Art of Living Blessedly

Ever get bogged down with life? Feel like a failure? Get stuck in a rut? Where do you turn? What do you do? Seek wisdom and redefine what success means.

Wisdom is being able to make good choices, often in spite of challenging circumstances or temptations. Ever wonder how we grow the wisdom in order to make good choices?

Learning from bad choices.

"The essence of wisdom is skill in extracting meaning from everyday experience."

If we'll learn from our bad choices we won't become an escapee from life.

It's a bonus if we can learn from the mistakes of others, getting by on their 'dumb tax', if you will. One of the reasons we study the Bible so closely is to see our own life story in the pages of scripture. If we'll adopt a learning posture as we read God's story, many bad choices can be avoided. We'll be well on our way to success when we can learn from others.

Tommy Denton teaches us that Biblical success comes when you:

1. Understand that God wants you to find true success (Josh. 1:8),

2. Learn to live under the blessing and favor of God,

3. Walk in fear and reverence for God,

4. Become desperately dependent on the presence of God,

5. Acquire wisdom by studying and devouring the Word of God.

A Prayer for True Success
God, though our hearts wander and are distracted by many things, we want to revere and fear You. Will You give us the grace to think rightly about who You are and what You have done? Help us to love Your Word the Bible and to absorb its truth. Help us to depend on You for every moment and every breath, knowing that it is only in You we can find true success. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.


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