Unless you have
been living under the proverbial rock or on some remote island in the middle of
sea, you have been, in some way or another, impacted by the spread of the Coronavirus.
The economy and social structure of the entire world has been impacted. In the
annuals of history, the Coronavirus Pandemic will rate on the scale of such catastrophe
events as the World Wars, the assassination of JFK, the Space Shuttle catastrophe,
and 911! And, just as it was in the aftermath of those red-letter-calendar
events, things will not return to the way they were before the event occurred!
are some lessons we can learn from this recent world-wide event that will be
beneficial to all, if we would just learn them and adapt. First of all, Corona
reminds us that we are indeed a global community and that our commonalities
really are more than our differences. It didn’t matter what ideology, religion,
political persuasion, ethnic or racial identity; all were and are impacted by
the virus! The lesson to be learned? Since all are equally impacted, then it
seems to reason that all are equally human! Therefore, the Coronavirus is just
another, of a long, unending list of proofs that the artificial barriers and
claims of ethnic and racial superiority that some promote are just plain nonsense!
All are equally susceptible, but the proof of our humanity or the lack thereof,
will be shown in how all are treated in response!
use email, social media, and other means of technology to communicate, I am somewhat
of a ‘dinosaur’ in some other things. The lesson that this crisis is teaching
me is the importance of being flexible and willing to adapt new ways of doing
old things! Because of restrictions put in place in an effort to curb the spread
of the virus, the congregation I lead is temporarily unable to meet as we
normally would on Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings, or on various other days
for ministry activities. Consequently, I am being forced to experiment with making
Facebook Live presentations and conducting virtual Bible Class and preaching to
a camera instead of a live audience! Funny thing about it is that I am discovering
that I am more nervous talking to a camera than I am addressing a live audience! Now, all of this
is not necessarily a bad thing! The church has always been traditionally
lagging behind in adapting new technology. But the adaption of new technology
is needed in order to reach the current culture. I just pray that when this is
over, people don’t prefer to remain socially distant!
of ‘social distance,’ the practice of maintaining social distance has forced us
to re-establish the practice of family togetherness, which is really a good
thing! Hopefully, being forced to remain in close proximity to the wife, the husband,
the children, and the pets will force families to get reacquainted with one
another and strengthen the family bond!
I realize we
are in the midst of stressful times! We are having to do and endure some things
that are unpleasant and undesirable, but as the Bible says in KJV English, “It shall
come to pass!” I have talked with pastors and other church leaders who insist closing
the church doors for this crises is giving in to fear and/or government
control. But the bottom line is this: This is not a matter of faith, this is a
matter of public safety and concern for one’s fellowman! Along that same line
of reasoning, I just read of a beach in Florida, packed with people, in blatant
disregard for the restrictive measures the CDC and the government are
suggesting. Yes! People may have the freedom and the right to do something, but
that doesn’t mean it’s right to do it!
We are all
in this together! We should all do what we can to get through this with a minimum
amount of sickness and death. So, if that means giving up some of my rights for
the sake of the health and benefit of all, in my mind, that is the only loving
and humane thing to do!
In the meantime,
stay safe: Wash your hands, take care of yourself and your neighbor!
watched a documentary on Christianity in America. The focus of this documentary
was how Christianity has been and is being used by various groups in America to
foster their own agendas! The producers interviewed various people, from
scholars, preachers, and church leaders, to people on the street, to get an
idea of how they defined the Christian faith. As I watched, I was saddened to
realize how much we have made a mess of the message!
It seems that the message of the Bible, more often than not, has been traditionally and historically manipulated to serve self-serving purposes! For example, ‘Christian’ slave-owners and segregationist abused the Bible in order to give a sense of divine sanction to slavery, segregation, White privilege, and White supremacy. I said ‘abused,’ but sadly even today, many of the same attitudes and beliefs that were prevalent back then, are still strong today! In fact, it seems that not only are they strong, but as of late they are experiencing a revival!
The LBGT community, White supremist groups, prosperity advocates, Civil Rights groups, traditional family values groups, White evangelicals, advocates of Gay-marriage and countless more, ‘all’ claim scriptural authority and legitimacy for their causes! The Bible declares that God is one, but from the looks of the mess we have made of the message today, God is many!
The core of the issue is the tendency for man to always create idols! What is an idol? An idol is a god of our own making! The Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans in regard to his people; Israel: “For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” (Romans 10:2-3 KJV) Now, the problem with Israel was not that they were ‘ignorant’ of God’s righteousness (God’s standard or what God requires) because they did not have knowledge. No! They were ignorant of God’s righteousness because they rejected the knowledge they had been given! Why did they reject it? They rejected it because it did not fit their agenda or their idea of how they wanted to live! As a consequence, instead adapting to God, they sought to make God adapt to them!
the same thing we are doing today? Instead of submitting ourselves to the
message of God, as God gave it, we seek to alter the message to fit our own
agendas and lifestyles!
And what have we made? A mess! People who scoff at the idea of a Supreme God have gain some degree of credibility because those who claim to know God and be in relationship God, are speaking mixed and often contradictory messages about what God is like! And then, the people who are sincerely seeking God are also confused because Church A is preaching one message as ‘the truth,’ while Church B is preaching a diametrically opposite message, but is also claiming to be speaking the truth! Now, logic dictates that Church A and Church B cannot both be right! (However, Church A and Church B can both be wrong!)
We have certainly made a mess of things! But that’s just the nature of humans; to make the simple complicated! That’s just the nature of humans, whenever we are unable or refuse to rise to the bar; we lower the bar! Before we will let go and trust something or someone other than ourselves, we will seek to make that something or someone a reflection of ourselves!
What is the
solution? Is there such a thing as absolute truth? Now, the predominate thinking
of the current culture says that there is not, but there is! How do we find it?
I think the first step, even before addressing the concept of religion or
morality is to just stop and think: Man didn’t invent himself with all of his
intelligence. Therefore logic dictates that a being even more intelligent had to
create him! So it’s really a matter of faith! Faith, not just as a religious concept,
but also as a practical concept! You see, from a practical standpoint,
EVERYBODY has and uses faith every day! At this very moment, thousands of
people are boarding aircrafts to fly to various destinations around the world.
But, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone refusing to board a plane because
they don’t believe the pilot can fly the plane! Of all those thousands of
people, no one wants to see the pilot’s licenses or certification papers! In
fact, most don’t even care to even ‘see’ the pilot! Why? Because they have ‘faith’
the airline would not allow an incapable person to fly the plane! They have ‘faith’
the mechanics are doing their jobs to ensure the plane is flight-worthy! Most
have no clue how the aerodynamics of lift and thrust work! Every single day, we
trust and have faith in people we don’t know and in concepts we don’t
understand! EVERYBODY has faith! So the issue is not a matter of faith, the
issue is the matter of the placement of faith!
We have faith in men, who often fail because of limitations. Why not have faith in a God who never fails? A God who is loving! A God who longs to have a relationship with each and every person! How can we discover and meet this God? We cannot truly meet this God through our tainted and prejudicial traditions and doctrines, we can only meet Him as we read and study His word and allow that word to reveal God as God is and not as we want God to be! How do we know when we are doing that? When the God we meet in the Scriptures does not look, act, or think like us, but confronts and challenges us to look, act and think like Him! We will meet the true God when we give up the fight to shape Him and allow Him to shape us! We will meet the true God when we recognize the fact that other people are not really just ‘other’ people, but other people are, in a sense; us! We all need and are looking for the same thing, from the same Source, that is able to abundantly provided for all!
we should all pray for God to reveal and do our part to work to find and proclaim
the good news that has been lost in the mess that we have made of the message!
writer; Jude, who was commonly known as the half-brother of Jesus, wrote to his
readers: “Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common
salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the
faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 1:4 ESV) Like Jude,
I felt it necessary to write about the resurrection as the forgotten victory because
of the many erroneous theological ideas surrounding death that are currently
popular among many who are supposedly of faith.
I present my contentions, let it be known that this is not an attempt to be
judgmental or condescending, but rather I write in an effort to promote the biblical
concepts that were delivered to the saints of old! Sadly, too much of what is
being passed off as ‘biblical’ around many Christian circles and churches today
is actually current cultural concepts in biblical façade!
not long ago, I observed a funeral service in which, before the closing of the
casket, a crown was placed upon the head of the deceased! The theme of the
minister’s message was that, after battling sickness, disease, and the many struggles
of life, the dearly-departed had now gained the victory through death! The
preacher said that although the person had battled cancer, they were now victoriously
healed because they had a brand new body in Heaven! Now, that’s sounds
encouraging and even comforting, but is it biblical? Well. . . .not exactly!
Let me show you what I’m talking about!
all, contrary to what is commonly preached and believed in most Christian
churches, the Bible DOES NOT teach that our permanent dwelling will be in the
Heaven where God dwells! Now, the Bible DOES teach that those who die in the
Lord are immediately in the presence of the Lord! Jesus said to the repentant
thief on the cross: “Today, you shall be with me in paradise!” (Luke 23:43) The
Apostle Paul, in 2 Corinthians 5:8, talks about being absent from the body and
being present with the Lord. Therefore, biblical evidence suggest, our
loved-ones who have died in the Lord are presently with the Lord. However, even
though they are with the Lord, they are not complete, they are not whole! Why?
Because they are in a dis-embodied spiritual state! Their spirits are with God,
but their bodies (the part of them that was sick, suffering, cancer-ridden,
etc.,) are in their graves!
Sure! The Apostle Paul said: “For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” (2 Cor. 5:1 NASB) But the point that many miss is the fact that, that body is not received immediately after death! No! According to the Scriptures, we will not get our ‘new’ bodies until the Resurrection and the Resurrection will not occur until Jesus comes again! Consider another passage that is often read at funerals, but we miss the full message of it: In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, the Apostle Paul writes: “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (KJV)
this so you can see what I’m trying to say. The believers in Thessalonica were anxiously
awaiting the Lord’s return. However, there were believers among them who had
already died and those who remained were concerned that those who had died
would miss the Lord’s coming. Paul wrote this section of the letter to assure them
that those who had died would be caught up to meet the Lord just like those who
are alive at his coming.
Paul said that when Christ returns, he will bring with him those ‘which sleep in Jesus.’ (v.14) But then he also says in verse 16, that the dead in Christ shall rise first! But wait a minute! I thought those who ‘sleep in Jesus’ and the ‘dead in Christ’ were the same people? So, how can Jesus bring those who sleep in him, with him when he comes, if those same people shall first rise from the grave before those who are alive are changed? If those who sleep in Jesus and those who will rise from the grave are the same people, how can they be in different places (with Jesus in Heaven and in the grave) at the same time?
Well, when Jesus comes, he will bring the disembodied spirits of the saved with him and their mortal remains will be raised immortal from the grave! The Bible calls this; the First Resurrection! It is at that point that victory over death will be achieved! No! The believer does not gain the victory over death at death; the believer will gain victory over death at the Resurrection!
Now, this raises
another interesting question: If Heaven, in a disembodied state (the present
state of those who have died in Christ) is indeed our ‘home’ or ultimate
destination, then what is the purpose of the resurrection? I’ve always heard that
the purpose of the resurrection will be so that we might be judged for the things
we have done in the body. But think about it; the Bible says the angels will be
judged and they don’t have mortal bodies as we have, so having a mortal body is
not a necessary perquisite for judgment! So, what is the purpose of the
resurrection? The purpose of the resurrection is so that body and spirit might
be re-united, so that we might live as we were originally created to live!
And how were
we originally created to live? Well, according to the Genesis account, humanity
was made from the earth to have stewardship-dominion overthe earth
and to be sustained by the earth! When Adam fell, he didn’t fall from Heaven;
he fell from the state that God had created him! Thus if the salvation plan of
God is about restoration (by definition, restoration is a bringing back to a former
position or condition), then Heaven cannot be our permanent dwelling because Heaven
is not where we were originally created to live!
The only way for people go to Heaven is through death! And the only reason for the existence of death is because of sin! The Bible says; the wages of sin is death! And since sin and death were not part of God’s original intent and they are the only reasons people leave this world and go to another place, then in addition to what the Scriptures declare explicitly, implicit logic requires us to conclude that being in Heaven in a dis-embodied state was not God’s original intend for our eternal or ultimate destiny!
What sense would it make for God to go through all of the trouble of making a physical-world, making man as a spiritual-physical being to live and exercise authority in that physical world only to completely abandon that plan and opt for man to live permanently in a purely spiritual state in Heaven after man messed up? That makes absolutely no sense at all! In fact, such a notion actually implies that God was so short-sighted that man’s sin caught God completely off-guard, proving God as incapable of finishing what God had started, making it necessary for God to implement an alternative plan for man to live eternally in Heaven as a dis-embodied spirit instead on earth as a spirit-physical being as God had originally planned!
But the GOOD
NEWS the Bible shares is that God had made provisions for Adam’s sin, even before
Adam was created! The GOOD NEWS of the Bible is that God’s original intent will
ultimately be realized! With all of our doctrines and traditions, we’ve made
complicated, what is actually quite simple! The Bible, from Genesis to
Revelation, is the story about a kingdom given, a kingdom lost, and a kingdom
regained! It’s the story of a good creation that went bad, but is being and
will be ultimately restored!
Theologians call Adam’s sin in the garden; The Fall! Man ‘fell’ from the state God had created him! The consequence of that fall was and is death! What is death? Death is, in a sense, an unnatural separation! Physical death is the separation of the spirit-soul from the physical body! I call it ‘unnatural’ because it is not God’s original intent; death perverts and subverts the way God originally intended for man to exist! We often cite in marriage ceremonies what Jesus said: “What God has joined together, let no man put asunder!” Well, in a sense, that’s exactly what death does! Death separates (body and spirit) what God originally joined together! Paul said of Jesus in 1 Corinthians 15:25-26: “For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” (KJV) The resurrection will be the destruction of death! The resurrection will be God joining back together what death had put asunder!
God is working everything out to fulfill His original intent! His original intent was not for us to be with Him in Heaven, but rather for Him to be with us on Earth! He was originally ‘with us’ when He walked with Adam and Eve in the garden in the cool of the day! He was ‘with us’ in the person of Jesus; the Immanuel! He is ‘with us’ today in the person of the Holy Spirit! And one day, He will be with us as He originally was! For I read the Apostle John’s Revelation: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and hewill dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” (Rev. 21:1-5 KJV) [bold italicize mine]
Yes! The victory that is most often forgotten on funeral occasions is the victory of the resurrection! In speaking of this victory, the Apostle Paul said the same things to the Corinthians that he said to the Thessalonians: “Listen, I am telling you a mystery: We will not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed. For this corruptible body must be clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body must be clothed with immortality. When this corruptible body is clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal body is clothed with immortality, then the saying that is written will take place: Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, death, is your victory? Where, death, is your sting?” (1 Cor. 15:51-55 CSB17)
There is an attitude that is being promoted today by some ‘spiritual’ people in the church toward death and funerals that I don’t think is really good. I attended a funeral service (or as many from my neck of the woods, tend to call it; ‘a celebration of life,’ or ‘a homegoing service) not too long ago and one of the speakers got up and said: “This is not a time to cry! This is a time to rejoice, for another soldier has gone home to be with the Lord!” Well, I take issue with his statement and the trending ‘anti-grief’ stance at funerals for several reasons.
First of all, I think suppressing grief is harmful; emotionally, psychologically, and physically. The same Bible people ‘abuse’ to justify rejoicing and not grieving at funerals also says: “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted. . . . A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” (Eccl. 3:1-2, 4 KJV) Well, if a funeral is not a time to weep and mourn, then when is? Now, I’ve heard some say that the Bible says (I’m not saying that it’s not in the Bible, I’m just saying that I haven’t found it yet!) that we should cry when a baby is born and rejoice when someone dies! Well, if that is the case, when was the last time you heard of someone crying or even suggesting people should be crying when a baby was born or at a baby shower? Such a suggestion or action would be deemed unacceptable or strange, to say the least! Therefore, since no one dare suggest crying at the birth of a baby (though some say that’s what the Bible says we should be doing), why only promote one half of the suggestion and insist that people rejoice at a funeral?
Now, I understand the intention (I am a preacher, after all) is to focus on what lies ahead for the (supposedly) righteous deceased, but what many people fail to understand is the fact that funerals are not really for the dead; funerals are for the living! Funerals are for those who have been left behind! There is nothing that will be said or done at any funeral that will, in any way, have a positive or negative effect on the dearly departed! While many suggest the purpose of the funeral is to celebrate the life of the person who has gone on, the actual purpose of the funeral is to be a therapeutic tool for the survivors!
I have often said: “Death can kill you, if you let it!” The meaning of that statement is that if the death of a loved-one or friend or whoever is not processed correctly, it can have an adverse effect on your well-being. Suppressed grief at the funeral service will eventually find expression in other places! It’s like trying to bottle-up steam in a boiling pot, if there is no venting, it will eventually explode! Many times the explosion will be in the form of a stroke, neurotic disorders, anxiety, dysfunctional relationship patterns, heart attacks, or psychological disorders! Whatever the case, you can rest assured that grief cannot and will not be denied expression! So, since that is the case, why not at the funeral, where it can be therapeutic and spiritually guided?
Jesus weep at the grave of his friend; Lazarus? I mentioned that because it
seems to be promoted by some that weeping is a sign of weak faith or spiritual
deficiency! No! Crying at the death of a loved-one or crying at their funeral
doesn’t mean your faith is weak; it means you are human! To do otherwise is to deny
your humanity and to inadvertently abort or deny your recovery from the loss!
Grief and grieving is a process and trying to stop or deny that process is just like trying to stop the rain from falling! I understand all about honoring God, but the same God people claim to honor by celebrating instead of grieving is the One who made us with the capacity to grieve! How is God honored in attempts to suppress expressions of grief by making people feel guilty for grieving?
So, with all that being said, If I should happen to go before you; you have my permission to cry at my funeral! And, if any one should happen to get up and even suggest that your crying is out of order, you have my permission to tell them; “It’s a funeral and I can cry if I need to!”
The story is told of some young foolish boys who were always trying to fool a wise old man who lived in their village. It had become somewhat of an obsession with the young boys, because every time they went to the old man with what they thought was an enigma, the old man would come up with an answer!
So one day, one of the little boys came up with what he thought was the perfect plan to stump the old man! He told his friends that he would go to the old man with a live bird within his closed fists and ask the old man if the bird was alive or dead. If the old man said the bird was alive, he would close his fists tighter and kill the bird! If the old man said the bird was dead, he would open his fists and the bird would fly away!
Completely satisfied that the plan would work, the boys took off to go see the old man, almost unable to contain their excitement at the thought of finally fooling the wise old man. When they arrived at the wise old man’s house, they eagerly presented him with their fool-proof riddle. They said: “Old man, Johnny has a bird in his hands! Tell us, is it alive or dead?” The old man sat silent for a moment, intently looking at their mischievous little faces. Then, the old man simply said, “The answer is in your hands!”
Well, that’s the way life is! Although many think it is in the hands of the governments, family, friends, circumstances, or situations, the ultimate success or failure in your life is in your hands! You can live life with open hands to give and receive, or you can live life with closed fists, attempting to hold on to what you have, not realizing that while a closed-fist secures what you have, it also prevents you from receiving more!
But not only is it in your hands, it is also in your head! Much of life is not ‘what it is,’ it is ‘what you think it is!’ The Bible says: “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he!” The poet, Walter D. Wintle wrote:
If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t;
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,
For out in the word we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will,
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you’re outcasted, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.
Several years ago, I read Zig Ziglar’s book: See You At The Top, Ziglar wrote: “How you think determines what you become. . . The mind is a dutiful servant and will follow the instructions we give it. . . I am convinced your business is never either good or bad – out there. Your business is either good of bad between your ears. . . . You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind. . . Realistically, most locked doors are in your mind.” In his famed work: Psycho-Cybernetics, Maxwell Maltz writes: “A human being always acts and feels and performs in accordance with what he imagines to be true about himself and his environment. This is a basic and fundamental law of the mind. It is the way we are built. . . .You act, and feel, not according to what things are really like, but according to the image your mind holds of what they are like. You have certain mental images of yourself, your world, and the people around you, and you behave as though these images were the truth, the reality, rather than the things they represent.”
Yes! But not only is it in your hands and in your head, it is also in your feet! Some weeks ago, I rode a bike for the first time in many years and I found out that it’s true what they say; if you ever learn how to ride a bike, you will never forget! Riding a bicycle teaches several fundamental lessons of life: The only way to remain upright and balanced is to keep moving forward at certain rate of speed! As long as the bike is moving forward; you’re making progress toward a destination and you are balanced. It’s alright to stop peddling for a while and coast, but if you wait too long before you start peddling again, it will be almost as hard to regain your momentum as it was when you first started! And if you keep coasting and never start peddling again, you will eventually stop; progress will no longer occur, you will lose your balance and you will fall, if you don’t stick your leg out! Yes! In many ways, life is like riding a bike; to make progress, to reach your goals, to maintain balance, you must keep moving forward at a certain rate of speed!
My bike-riding experience also reminded me of another truth! I noticed as I was riding that I had to constantly adjust my direction! Nothing major, just constant minor shifts! The same thing happens in driving a car! Even on a straight road, you have to make slight and minute shifts and adjustments. That’s the way life is! It is never perfectly straight! But, to get to where you want to go, you must first of all, have somewhere to go! We are designed to have goals and to work progressively toward them! In Psycho-Cybernetics, Maltz talks about the fact that human have a built-in success mechanism that must have a goal or a target. It’s in your feet because you will only find fulfilment in life as you walk or peddle your way toward your goals, making slight adjustments and sometimes major turns along the way!
Yes! It’s in your hands, it’s in your head, it’s in your feet, and it is also in your mouth! In your mouth, there is either a miracle or a mess! We used to say as kids: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me!” Well, I found out that is not necessarily true! Not only can words hurt; words can kill! Jesus said: “I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matt. 12:36-37 CSB17) The bad words other people say to you ‘may’ or ‘may not’ hurt you, but the bad words you say to yourself ‘will’ hurt you! When I say ‘bad words,’ I don’t mean profanity, I mean the put-down-words, the negative conversations we sometimes have with our selves! If others say we can’t do it, we can use that as motivation to prove them wrong! But if we say to our selves that we can’t do it; we’re doom to fail, because who can successfully argue with themselves and win?
Lastly, not only is it in your hands, in your head, in your feet, and in your mouth; it is also in your heart! Your heart is your uttermost desire! Your heart is what you want most in life! The commercial asks: “What’s in your wallet?” But an even more important question is: “What’s in your heart?” Jesus said: “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.” (Matt. 12:34-35 NKJ) Your heart contains the will and the fortitude necessary to get and achieve what you really want in life! You heart contains the treasure or the trash that motivates everything you do!
Yes! It’s in your hands! It’s not up to the government! It’s not up to the economy! It’s not up to your spouse or your children! It’s not even up to God! Ultimately, you must accept full responsibility for your life and say: “If it is to be, it is up to me!” Whatever you make out of your life, it is in your hands!