Rules for Living
Here are three rules for living. First, learn to control the climate around you. Negativity is contagious; look out for its ‘carriers’. Love them, lift them, but don’t let them infect you. Filter what people say to you through God’s Word. ‘...God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power (ability and a can-do attitude) and of love (which always looks for the best) and of a sound mind (which is stable and consistent).’ (2 Timothy1:7 NKJV) Second, learn to laugh at yourself. A woman who’d been given a lovely plant took it home, watered it, fertilised it and set it in the sun. Much later she discovered it was a fake [silk] plant—and she still laughs about it. When you’re secure in God’s love and approval you can laugh at yourself; it’s a mark of spiritual maturity. Third, learn to factor God in. Ever hear of the 90/10 rule? When 90% of your circumstances are uncontrollable, focus on the 10% you can do something about. Paul did that. ‘...We were troubled on every side; outside were conflicts, inside were fears. Nevertheless God...’ (2 Corinthians 7:5–6 NKJV) Note the words ‘Nevertheless God’. When you’re facing a mountain always remember: God can move it, He can level it, He can tunnel through it, or He can help you climb it. All you have to do is keep seeking His face and studying His Word. ‘Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom...’ (Colossians 3:16 KJV) Keep a rich deposit of Scripture within you and draw on it daily.