“Because of the Choices we Make in Life, We Sometimes Have to Work Harder”

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (Psalm 1:1-4 kjv)

As I reflect over my life, I sometimes get disappointed with myself because I am occasionally looking at things in the physical realm more often than in the spiritual realm. To counteract those feelings, (yes, feelings) I have to go to God’s Word immediately and meditate on what Paul wrote in Philippians 4:11Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I have to go to the Word of God quickly in order to debunk those negative thoughts because I will find myself slipping into the state of waywardness by coveting and becoming an undercover hypocrite about things that God did not order in my scheme of blessings that he has for me. Have you ever found yourself in that mindset? The longer we allow our flesh to entertain something that is not ours, we allow an opportunity for Satan to use us as his puppets.

We can get caught up in thoughts of “what I could have by now?” if I had or had not made certain choices years ago. We may feel like I would be much further financially and certainly spiritually if I only “could of, would of should of”. Now, remember some of those things (thoughts) may appear to be true – that if we made better choices in our lives, we would be in better positions than we are at the current moment. But you have to also take into consideration that you are BLESSED, why? Because you still are alive and breathing and you still can make things happen. You have to trust God and believe that he has not forgotten you in spite of you. In spite of the choices you made, yes, we may have to do a “workaround”, but glory be to God the path that you might have taken in the pass, that you thought was the best path for you, could have led you to a place worse off than your current life. This is why it is so important to seek God when making life changing decisions. We have to pray and wait for God to give us clear answers to our life issues.

Remember do not compare yourself with others and their lives. You do not know what they had to endure to get where they are. You do not know what shoes they wore on that road they traveled. Those shoes may have cost them a “big price” (emotionally, physically) to get them where they are today. Instead ask God to help you walk the path in the shoes he gave you and give you the courage to travel on paths he has for you. Lastly remember to ask him to be a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path as you travel your roads! (Psalm 119:105)

Love you all!

(Faylin Brown)

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