When you feel like settling for less than the best, think about what God wants for you.
There will come a day when we realize that God wants more for us than we could possibly want for ourselves. Maybe we've come to that day already, but if not, here's what will happen. As we focus on God daily by reading His word and talking with Him through prayer, we are going to gain a greater appreciation for who God is and what His will is for us each day. We will recall what God has done in every detail of our life as we eagerly learn how God wants to build our character and use us to impact the lives of others.
At that point we will realize that God doesn't just want us to "get by" each day. He wants us to live our life fully here on earth while we anticipate the amazing life waiting for us in heaven.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
1 John 4:7
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
Hospitality is often defined as the display of thoughtfulness to strangers and guests. But having guests over the dinner is only part of the hospitality - the easy part. The more challenging aspect of hospitality happens after the door shuts when the visitors leave: Can our family treat each other with the same attention and respect that is reserved for special visitors?
We are often more kind to strangers and friends than we are to the members of our family. The "outsiders" get the best part of us, while the people in our own household get the worse part of us. There's an old saying that goes, "Familarity breeds contempt," but it doesn't have to be true just because it is old.
Here is another old saying:"I command you to love each other" (John 15:17) When Jesus said these words, He didn't exclude those with whom we share a bathroom and a refrigerator.
He who walks with integrity walks securely,
But he who perverts his ways will become known.
Telling the truth has become a lost art. Its not that we are out there telling lies (although there is plenty of that going on). We are just not telling "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth." We sort of sneak up on the truth, circle the truth, tell part of the truth, but don't come right out and tell the whole truth. We give out just enough information to keep us out of trouble, but not enough to honor God.
When God asks us to be truthful, He isn't suggesting that we pick out the parts that make us look good. He wants us to deal in the whole truth. That's what it means to have integrity: to be "whole." If you want to be a person of integrity, don't break the truth into pieces. Keep it together, even if it invites criticism.
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