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February 7th, 2012

Enjoy The Journey Of Life

Enjoy The Journey Of Life

If you are going to wait to enjoy until you reach your destination, you may have to suffer a whole lot of sad days! There are many good folks who suffer like this. But why do you want to suffer when you have the choice to enjoy?

Enjoyment is not solely dependent on the final outcome but on the hundreds of small results that lead to the grand finale. It is not just about the event but involves everything that brings about the event. It is all about enjoying every second.

Some may say that we can’t enjoy during certain seasons. It is true that seasons differ. Nevertheless you can enjoy during every season because enjoyment is a choice. The following story pictures it perfectly:

Two men were admitted in the same hospital room. Both were seriously ill. Every morning the one on the bed by the window would happily describe in detail all the beautiful things he saw outside. The other man used to hear it and wished one day he could also see those beautiful sights. One morning the nurse found that the man by the window was dead. The other man patiently waited for the nurse to move him to the bed by the window. At last, he was moved to that bed he was waiting for. The moment the nurse left the room, he anxiously turned his face to the window. But all that he could see was a huge brick wall outside – no flowers, no birds, nothing! He felt totally broken and empty.

Did you get it? One man was enjoying his last days by saying what he wanted to see. But the other man was suffering because of what he couldn’t see. It was a choice!

That is why Apostle Paul wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). He wrote it while in chains in a Roman jail for preaching the gospel! In other words, he had a joyful attitude even when the situation around him was hopeless. But it was his choice. And he chose to rejoice in Christ and for being a prisoner for Christ’s sake.

Decide to enjoy your journey. What benefits does it provide? Here are four of them:

1. Seeing life as a series of events, not just a single event.
That’s the beauty of life. It is not monotonous at all.

2. Strength to handle more pressure.
Since there are different small events in the process, we build up ‘muscles’ to handle more pressure on the go.

3. Less prone to disappointments.
Since there are numerous avenues to work on, failing in some areas don’t bother heavily. There are more chances to win than lose.

4. Prolonged joy.
As we focus on enjoying every moment every day, the longevity of joy increases.

Remember: to begin and maintain 2012 afresh, you got to decide to enjoy the journey of life in spite of different stuff you may have to go through. Trust in Christ and you are on the Victor’s side!

Read the poem: It’s in your journey that you ran

Question: What other benefits do you reap as a result of choosing to enjoy your journey of life? Add your comments below.

– – – written by Joe Abraham from www.joeandancy.com

February 7th, 2012

Spiritual Discernment

Spiritual Discernment

We are in a time now where we need to be more discerning than any other time in history!

Before you ask “Why?”, just browse through the news headlines of different major newspapers from past 30 days. There we find all sorts of intimidating news, especially to do with the unpredictable future. All who think rationally will wonder, “How can we ever get out of this mess?” That is where discernment enters the stage!

What is discernment? The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language defines it as “the act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment”. In other words, discernment has to do with the ability to see and decide.

Check out what apostle Paul prayed for the Philippian church: “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11)

The above passage shows us three things about spiritual discernment:

1. For productive results, discernment must be mixed with love and knowledge. Discernment without love is dangerous. Discernment without knowledge is folly. However when love and knowledge are mixed with discernment, we see productivity!

2. Combined with love and knowledge, discernment helps us to choose the best. Why go for mediocrity when you can see excellence! Often people end up being mediocre because they can’t differentiate between common and uncommon. Discernment brings you the solution.

3. Discernment, along with love and knowledge, leads us to stand ready for the great Day. There is no need of discernment if we plan to live life as it comes our way. However discernment is needed to live life intentionally. A day is coming when Jesus is going to snatch us out of this earth. A day is coming when we have to settle our life’s account with Him. A discerning heart knows that He is already at the door and lives ready to meet Him!

Read The Article: Test The Spirits

Remember: It takes discernment to begin and maintain 2012 afresh!

Question: How did discernment help you in the past? Add your comments below.

– – – written by Joe Abraham from www.joeandancy.com

February 7th, 2012

Be Focused And Flexible

Focused And Flexible

The title may initially appear paradoxical: how can you be focused and flexible at the same time? The truth is, to bring in balance, ‘focus’ and ‘flexibility’ ought to go hand-in-hand.

While focus is about ‘concentrating attention or energy on something’, flexibility is about ‘being responsive to change’.

For example, if John wants to construct a new house, he will take time to plan its design. He is now focused on building it as per the design. However he is also flexible to slightly alter the design for the sake of meeting the cost.

The Scripture talks about both focus and flexibility. Check out what apostle Paul says about focus: “…I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race…” (Philippians 3:13,14 NLT). Connect this passage with what God says about flexibility: “…I prefer a flexible heart to an inflexible ritual…” (Matthew 12:7 MSG).

In other words, God loves to see us focused on doing what we are called to do. At the same time, He doesn’t want us to be inflexible, religious and ritualistic about it, losing freshness and passion that go with the call.

How do you work this out?

1. Embrace consistency for growth: If you want to grow, consistency is an essential key. Inconsistency wrecks growth.

2. Embrace change for improvement: If you want to improve, change is an essential key. Resistance stains improvement.

3. Embrace purpose and passion: Never take one and omit the other. The two function like the wings of a bird. Incorporate both into your life and work. And you will fly high!

Remember: it takes focus and flexibility to start and maintain 2012 afresh.

Question: How do you find this principle working on your side? Add your comments below.

– – – written by Joe Abraham from www.joeandancy.com

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