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Stumbling

 “My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not stumbled.” Psalm 17:5

Have you ever been on a hike along a nice clear path only to take a turn down a path that is filled with limbs and debris? A good road went bad, fallen tree branches, overgrown weeds, and now you find yourself stumbling. What once was a good hike becomes filled with stress. What once was a relaxing nature-filled day becomes more like army training camp.

There are days in life where it sails, yet also times where we find each day filled with strife. Often the discord begins because of a poor decision we have made, or others around us have influenced us somehow. The choices we make will determine the steps ahead. When we turn from the Lord in any decision, we can be assured stress and hardship will follow.  The choices of others can also have the same impact on us.

David found a way out of stumbling through life. His choice was to hold to the path God had put before him. David’s steps held tightly to what he knew as truth and what God was saying in his life. We can have the same advantages when we decide we will hold to what God is doing, instead of taking the wrong turn. We need to have His Word open, and consider His ways as our path for life. Many of the decisions we are facing have already been answered in the Word. The choice remains in our hands.

 

Today in the workplace:

Which path will you take?

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The Gift of Selflessness
Written by Drew Paden


"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interest but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus."
Philippians 2: 3-5

In a world that constantly preaches on capturing the "American Dream," and becoming "successful," it is easy to lose sight of a gift such as selflessness. While selflessness in the form of personal ambition and interests is a fruitful gift and one that we are called to have, we often forget about selflessness in our relationships.

In this passage from Philippians 2, Paul urges the church in Philippi to strip off selfishness in all areas of their life. It is easy to hone in on our visible actions, and material possessions but the Bible repeatedly gives us valuable wisdom on how to be selfless with them. But what does it mean to have this in relationships? Paul tells us right here: "value others above yourselves," and have the "same mindset as Christ Jesus." When you value the people in your life more than you value your own, your relationship with them is not affected by the bad days you have, or how you are feeling at the moment. It is not about what YOU want or need, but what THEY want and need and this is having the mindset of Jesus. He did not need to leave paradise to redeem the world, but We needed Him to. He displayed the ultimate sign of selflessness in His relationship with us.
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Our earthly relationships will grow and flourish when we live this way, but in our relationship with Jesus, it is a necessity. We cannot allow whatever we have done, and whatever is currently happening in our daily lives, to influence what is true every day. Jesus gave the sacrifice that never stops giving, and never changes. We have to build and develop our relationship with Him based on what He has done, and what He is doing, not the other way around. Having a selfless relationship with Jesus is to love and meet Him every day, because every day He is waiting to love and meet YOU.
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