Personally, I think a healthy sense of humor is determined by at least three abilities:
- The ability to laugh at our mistakes
- The ability to accept justified criticism–and get over it
- The ability to interject (or at least enjoy) wholesome humor when surrounded by a tense, heated situation
From Proverbs 15:13: “A glad heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.”
Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.
From Philippians 4:8: “Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Our Lord is ultimately acquainted with all our ways. Darkness and light are alike to Him. Not one of us is hidden from His sight. He sees it all. He knows our frame. He remembers we are dust . . . Best of all, He loves us still.
From Proverbs 10:12: “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.”
Nobody is a whole chain. Each one is a link. But take away one link and the chain is broken. We need each other. You need someone and someone needs you. Isolated islands, we’re not.
From Colossians 1:9-10: “For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God.”
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Through it all, God is with us, leading us, teaching us, humbling us, preparing us.
From Psalm 91:1-2: “You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.'”
Acceptance is taking from God’s hand absolutely anything He gives, looking into His face in trust and thanksgiving, knowing that the confinement of the situation we’re in is good and for His glory.
From Isaiah 43:18-19: “Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
Believers who are growing toward maturity share in mutual feelings–mutual woes and mutual joys. This is one of the best benefits of being part of the body of Christ and a major reason why we need to be involved in a local church.
From Romans 12:15: “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.”
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Quit wasting energy fighting the inescapable and turn your energy to keeping the right attitude.
From Psalm 131:1-2: “O Lord, my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.
Take the word “coincidental” out of your vocabulary, along with “luck.” You can trash them both! You don’t need them anymore. Nothing is coincidental! “Luck” has no place in a Christian’s vocabulary.
From Joel 2:26: “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you.”
Our Lord is searching for people who will make a difference. Christians dare not dissolve into the background or blend into the neutral scenery of the world.
From Deuteronomy 31:8: “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not fail or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”