Selective Memories

Who is someone you’ve known personally who has inspired you? I can think of a slew of people and all of them have had unique flaws, regardless of how much they inspired me. For example, my former neighbor across the street always inspired me with her devotion to raising her children to love Jesus & how she continuously treats her husband with respect & dignity. With those noteworthy accolades, she had lots the the same flaws that I have. We can be disorganized, scatter-brained & sometimes irresponsible. Nonetheless, I chose to remember her excellent qualities & minimize her shortfalls.

I would suggest that this is a good strategy for lots of our relationships, so that we bring out the positive in people rather than maximizing their negatives.
On this Memorial Day, let’s be grateful that we get to live in the land of the free because of the brave!û

keep on keeping on

We have all had our share of setbacks & mishaps, no matter if you’re the best or worst planner in the world.  When something bad happens that you didn’t expect, it’s not the time to have a melt down.  In fact, in the face of adveristy & setbacks, it’s often the best time to test your grit & resilience.

For example, this morning I read about how Jesus delivered two men from demonic possession & instead of their town being excited about such wonderful news, the town turned out to demand that Jesus leave their vicinity.  While the town’s rejection could have been framed as a debilitating setback, Jesus chose to move on to the next town.  The town’s rejection didn’t affect His identity.

Don’t let setbacks, rejections, shortfalls or the unexpected poison your soul.  Get up & keep going because Gal 6:9 says that we’ll receive a reward if we don’t quit or give up!  Don’t forget that Heavenly Help can be extremely helpful with strengthening your soul!