REACHING GOALS

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The little grey squirrel ran through my garden toting a large peanut shell in its mouth.  Inside lay the morsel that the creature had diligently sought.  It had hunted for a while but found what it wanted.  It had achieved its goal.  Food.  An essential, needed to guarantee life.

“Seek and you shall find” the Bible states.  (Matthew 7:7) NIV

Of course, the search that we are directed to make, in this instance, is meant to be for God.  The giver of spiritual life.  Squirrels on the other hand, have a dogged determination to never give up on their own particular goal: To find food, no matter how long it takes.

Sin in our lives can be equally determined. We encounter addictions; wants; temptations and more, ignoring the fact that these seek to destroy rather than to nourish.

Nevertheless, a common denominator is persistence.  Sin will find a weak mind or spirit and possess it.  Whereas the food sought by God’s critter nourishes.

We often cannot tell the difference until it is too late.

We need the mastery, and determination of God’s creatures.  They must achieve their goal.  They must win at all costs – or die.

We too must choose to win, because if we give up and give in to sin, we will die.  Oh, not necessarily physically, but definitely morally and spiritually.

We must remember that sin does not seek to nourish.  Its goal and purpose is to destroy.

What goals do you have today?  I do hope they are uplifting and nourishing, and not destructive.

Philippians 3:14 (NIV)   I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Patricia

Sticking Like Glue

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Psalm 38:9-12  ‘You, Lord, know every one of my deepest desires, and my noisy groans are no secret to You.  My heart is beating fast.  I feel weak all over, and my eyes are red.  Because of my sickness, no friends or neighbors will come near me.’

Reaching for my Bible, the papers beneath it came too.  Not because I wanted them to, but because they were stuck to the cover.  I have no idea which substance was responsible – all I knew was – I had to physically remove the papers as they refused to let go.

Wrong (bad) behavior can do the same.  No matter what the sin (or misdemeanor), you can pretend it is not a part of your life, or that it was not your choice, but it will not leave until you decide to force it to let go.

God can and will give you relief.  Just as you are, with all your bad choices and stinking-thinking, He will gather you up and release you from all your turmoil and despair; but only when you choose to ask Him for help.

Perhaps, because of the way you live, those you love have retreated from you.  They refuse to come into your presence.  They do not want your lifestyle choices to stick to them.

It could be time to choose a new direction.  You can choose to stay where you are – in eventual isolation; or decide to ask God to show you a new way to live and stick to Him and His Word (the Bible) like glue and see where it takes you.

Psalm 38:15-18 I trust You, Lord God, and you will do something.  I said, “Don’t let them laugh or brag because I slip.”  I am about to collapse from constant pain.  I told You my sins, and I am sorry for them.  Many deadly and powerful enemies hate me, and they repay evil for good because I try to do right.  You are the Lord God!  Stay nearby and don’t desert me.  You are the one who saves me.  Please hurry and help.  (Contemporary English Version)

Choose wisely as you choose to change.

Patricia

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Author of A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story

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