Make it Count

Today we celebrate 17 years of life for my daughter Taylor. 17 years ago today we were in the hospital holding the baby that we weren’t supposed to be able to have, and who had no life or apgar scores for 15 minutes after she was born. She made it, her life is a great testimony of the power of God. She is an A/B student, always has been, she travels the world with me sharing the Gospel, and helping the poor, she leads in her youth group and leads worship. She’s a musician and a singer, and a good and developing into a great leader.

God has plans for her. She’s only 17 and in many ways she’s already done more than I have.

All I can say parents, is I remember that day 17 years ago like it was yesterday, I have been completely involved in her life, but as I sit here today I feel like I’ve missed something cause it’s happened so fast. We get one chance make it count!

Thank God for his hand on my Taylor, and for letting me and Janae parent her this far. All I can say, is make it count.

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Tune In

Proverbs 2:2 (msg) Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom; set your heart on a life of Understanding.

I think the way the message bible translates this is brilliant. Tune your ears, set your heart.

In today’s cultural and moral relativistic society many have decided to create their standards based on what they want. Not believing in any absolutes causes us to rationalize and justify our behavior by making our wants the central figure in life. If we are the center there is nothing greater than us and we can justify ourselves with the thought that the greatest aspiration in life is to please ourselves. What a mess of things we make when we subscribe to such thinking.

This scripture is saying there is a wisdom greater than you, you can not tune it to you, you must tune to it. If we will have fulfilling life we must realize that God and His infinite wisdom are the center not ourselves. We must bend to God and His way of thinking not our own.

We can’t set our radio on any frequency and demand that the radio station come to us, we must tune our radio to the station if we want to hear the music.

We can’t mold God to fit us, we must tune in to His wisdom and let Him shape us.

I encourage you to tune in and listen to the sweet music of fulfilled life.

If You’re Smart You’ll Take it to Heart

Proverbs 2:1 (msg) Good friend, take to heart what I’m telling you; collect my counsels and guard them with your life.

I find it interesting that the writer here starts by calling the listener or reader “good friend.” For, in fact anyone who is giving you good advice, or wisdom is a good friend.

A good friend to you will advise you of truth no matter how hard it may be to hear it or act on it. It’s a good friend indeed who will give you wisdom. We find out later that this good friend is wisdom itself.

Take it to heart he says. As a pastor, a leader, a life coach to many. I completely understand why he would write this. You may think it’s understood but you would be incorrect to think that. It’s amazing to me how many people ask for counsel, and guidance, coaching, or leadership, whatever you want to call it, and listen to you but don’t take you’re wisdom to heart.

They listen, but don’t embrace it. There are many motivations not to. Fear, arrogance, pride, being unteachable, selfish desires, passivity, unwillingness to confront and so much more.

Bottom line however is if you need wisdom and it’s been made available to you, embrace it, change accordingly, move on and make progress.

John Maxwell says “the definition of insanity is to do the same thing and expect different results.”

So my advice to you is listen to the wisdom God has placed around you and let it work in you. Wisdom and the people who dispense it are your friends.

Any Counselors, Pastors, Teachers, and Leaders who can identify say amen!