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11/12/14: Living Life to Its Fullest

Published: Wednesday, 12 November 2014 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

I will sing of your love and justice; to you, Lord, I will sing praise.

I will be careful to lead a blameless life—when will you come to me?

I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart.

I will not look with approval on anything that is vile.

I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it.

The perverse of heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with what is evil.   Psalm 101:1-4

Although these verses come from Book of Psalms, I hope you will find them encouraging and full of hope regarding living life in today’s world.  So many people tell me that they wish their children or grandchildren would not have to live the life that they see all around them.  The world truly looks like it is getting worse and worse.  Guess what?  It is!  God said it would in the last days.  But, the part for our Christian children is tied up in the verses above and many, many other verses that basically say to look at the relationship between God and you, and not between you and this world.

In the first verse above, my thoughts and my heart are thinking on God.  It is not thinking of this world.  My suggestion is to spend as much time as possible dwelling on our Creator, on our Savior, and God’s Kingdom.  The next few verses stress the need to take care of your own home.  Be diligent about establishing and maintaining order in your family.  The world’s viewpoint is dysfunctional and chaos.  Do not give into it.  One of the world’s greatest attractions is the amount of involvement that entices our children to become involved.  Time and money become a huge financial burden because of the demands of worldly sports and recreational activities.  There is very little time provided for family oriented activities due to children’s baseball and football.  The world will do anything to split the family apart.

The final few verses describe my relationship with the world.  It is interesting that God expects me to look on the world for what it is.  I have to do this without the flesh controlling any part of me.  There is no judgment of the world, but there is an evaluation of whatever the world is throwing at me should be viewed for what it should not do to me.  Many times, Christians look at it the other way around and allow the world to impact their lives.  Life is the life God has given you on this earth by always seeking him, keeping your own life in order, and always seeing how the world does not impact my life.  God gives you the Holy Spirit to give you the spiritual discipline and clarity of spiritual thinking that is so necessary for the spiritual family to maintain their focus on God.

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