The Bible is still the best-selling book of all time. Reading the Bible can change your life in so many ways… at least 50 but there are many more ways. How can it change your life?
“Praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! God is a merciful God, who always gives us comfort. God comforts us when we are in trouble, so that we can share this same comfort with others in trouble.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
37: Comfort Those Who Grieve – God understands all too well why we mourn and ache after we lose someone close to us. That’s why he promises to do something about it. “God blesses those people who grieve. They will find comfort!” (Matthew 5:4) Sometimes words aren’t necessary at all. Sometimes simply being there for another person – as a sounding board for the person’s thoughts and feelings or as a silent partner in grieving – is enough.
36: Give God the Credit – God chooses to work through humble people because when God’s done, they will make sure God gets the glory. They won’t claim undue credit for themselves. That’s why they are blessed. “God blesses those people who are humble. The earth will belong to them!” (Matthew 5:5). God uses us to make a difference in this world.
35: Embrace Your Calling – You have a calling – something you’re uniquely equipped to do. What are your God-given gifts and abilities? Once you have a sense of your calling – even if it’s just a vague filling that you should be putting certain skills to work – don’t dismiss it. Embrace it. Pursue it. (Jonah 1:1-2)
34: Be Bold – Perhaps you’ve never faced a life-or-death test of your faith. Perhaps you never will. You may, however, face tests that pull you out of your comfort zone. You may be asked to risk public embarrassment and vehement opposition for Jesus’ sake. You may be put in uncomfortable positions. How will you respond? (Daniel 3:16-18)
33: Choose the Right Path – You’ve likely heard real-life horror stories of people who followed the instructions of their GPS navigation devices straight into a lake or until they were hundreds of miles from their intended destination. The cost of following the wrong directions can be high. That’s why the prophet Isaiah encouraged us to leave the navigation to God. “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, you will hear a voice saying, ‘This is the road! Now follow it’” (Isaiah 30:21).
32: Find a Trustworthy Companion – One of the absolute necessities of life is a trustworthy companion: a friend or spouse you can count on whether you’re on top of the world or you’ve hit rock bottom. The companion is one who will have you’re back when you’re in trouble; bring stability, not chaos, to your life; encourage you and build your self-confidence; stick with you through the good and bad times. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
31: Find Satisfaction in Work – God gives us the opportunity to bring glory to him through our work. We should treat that opportunity like the high honor it is. When we are given the opportunity to work, we should put every one of our applicable God-given skills into it: because if God is honored, we will be blessed. (Matthew 5:16)
30: Take Time to Laugh and Cry – Laughing and crying are equally important to our emotional health. To laugh and to dance is to celebrate the world around us, to express our joy at being alive. Laughter offers a much-needed release from the grim realities of our culture. To cry and weep is to give vent to life’s disappointments and pain, to mourn the passing of someone or something we love. These expressions of sadness initiate emotional healing. (Ecclesiastes 3:2,4)
29: Learn from History – The same God who worked in the lives of people in biblical times is still working today. When we look at how God worked in the lives of people in the past, we get a glimpse of how he can work in our lives. (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10)
28: Show Kindness – Sometimes small matters are the ones that have the biggest impact. Consider these words: “A kind answer soothes angry feelings, but harsh words stir them up.” (Proverbs 15:1)
27: Guard Your Thoughts – When people upset you, acknowledge it: to yourself and them. Give them a chance to make it right. If they do, be quick to offer forgiveness. If they don’t, turn the matter over to God and move on. (Philippians 4:8)
26: Keep Good Company – Everyday life would be much easier to navigate if people’s character and motives were immediately obvious. Imagine the disappointment, heartache, and trouble we could avoid if we could instantly identify liars, users, backstabbers, con artists, and people with ulterior motives. (Proverbs 13:30)
25: Be Unstoppable – In order to live well, you need to be unstoppable in helping others. You will get tired; you might even want to quit at times and only focus on your own needs. A little preventive maintenance now will go a long way toward keeping you viable alter. Caring for the needs of others can be demanding, but it can also be immensely rewarding – both now and for eternity. (Galatians 6:9)
“Announce to the nations, “The Lord is King! The world stands firm, never to be shaken, and he will judge its people with fairness.’ Tell the heavens and the earth to be glad and celebrate! Command the ocean to roar with all its creatures and the fields to rejoice with all their crops. Then every tree in the forest will sing joyful songs to the Lord. He is coming to judge all people on earth with fairness and truth. (Psalm 96:10-13)
(to be continued)
Serving God Together,