A Good Thought for a Monday Morning

Dave Hall shares some thoughts this morning about some lessons he has been learning over the course of the last year as he has been dealing with cancer.  Like most such lessons, they apply to more than just his physical battle, they are true for much, much more.  See if they aren’t appropriate for you on a Monday morning.  Here’s the bare-bones outline (you can read the rest of his thoughts here):

  1. I am not in control.  “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps” (Proverbs 16:9); “I know O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps” (Jeremiah ‪10:23).
  2. I am more reliant on grace than I can imagine.  “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain” (I Corinthians 15:3).
  3. God is most interested in what’s happening in the part of me that can’t be touched, scanned, or medicated.  As Paul reminded Timothy, “The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith” (I Timothy 1:5).
  4. The most important healing addresses my sinful heart and mind.  God will use the broken things of this sin-cursed world to accomplish his will for my good and his glory.  As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.  (Genesis 50:20).
  5. I am not promised a pain-free life.   But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (II Corinthians 12:9).
  6. I am not indispensable.   For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. (2 Corinthians 4:6-7)
  7. Life is brief, and I should not take my days for granted.  “For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes…” (James ‪4:14).
  8. My source of contentment must be Jesus alone“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21).

Do you enjoy puzzles and quizzes?  Every Friday Rachel Jones publishes a brief quiz about the Bible based on a very simple theme.  Try this seven question quiz based on the letter M from last Spring.

(Here’s a shout out to #61 with the Chicago White Sox who got his first major league hit this past Saturday.  Congrats Kevan!)