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Path of Understanding

How do you validate the path you have chosen? This is difficult when on the path but easy when you see where it has taken you, but that is most times too late to be altered. Solomon reflected on this by saying, "A man who strays from the path of understanding comes to rest in the company of the dead." (Proverbs 21:16) We can make observations from the words used in this sentence. "Strays" indicates that the person has wandered from the path. They have, by design or by ignorance, stepped off the path. Second, we notice that it is not "a path" of understanding but "the path" of understanding. There is one path that is recognizable and reliable. Third, we see the effect of the straying one. It is death and its company is those who are dead. So, what is meant by the word "understanding?" It is defined as "a cognitive activity that is richer and deeper than scientific knowledge because it is connected to personal experience and choices.&…

Run To Win

It seems like a no-brainer that everyone who enters a race does so in order to win. There is a commitment involved in running to win. Those who I know that do it regularly run almost every day. They read about running and seek to perfect their method so that it streamlines their effort and focuses their energy on moving forward. They do not enter a 5K or any race without training for it for months. They think about crossing the finish line and endure the ups and downs within their body during the race to achieve that result. They recognize that their body will cry out to them to stop and that they will have to say, "No, I will continue to run!"
Paul reflected on the process of a runner when he said, "Run in such a way as to get the prize." (1 Corinthians 9:24b) Now he didn't say that everyone would get the prize but that if you're going to win order your running correctly. You can't run aimlessly. You have to have the right thoughts, the right training,…

Loyalty

Nehemiah, a Jew who had been taken into captivity and made the cupbearer to King Artaxerxes ruler of the Persian Empire, found favor with the king and was allowed to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls of the city. For twelve years he acted as the governor of the land of Judah and rallied the people to the task of rebuilding the walls. He chose, "out of reverence for God" (Nehemiah 5:15), to not act like previous governors who oppressed the people. Instead, he led them with humility and integrity and together they set about to accomplish an enormous task. During this time, devious men who previously had controlled Judah and still exerted some influence tried to blackmail Nehemiah, assassinate him, and create rifts between him and the people. He met their intimidation with strong words, prayers to God for deliverance, and persistence in building the walls. He told those who worked along with him that these men "were trying to frighten us, thinking, 'Their hands wi…

Motive

What's behind the murder of someone? What is it that has brought two people into such a conflict that one of them will die as a result of it? This is the title and idea behind a newer series on television. It is called "Motive" and in the very beginning of the show identifies to the watcher both the victim and the killer. Then, it goes about finding the motive for the killing. Intention or motive is the base of every action. The house cannot stand except it has a foundation. The story cannot be written unless it has a plot. The body cannot live without the soul. Behind every action is the motive that has caused the action. King Solomon watched people very carefully. He became wise with great discernment. He said, "Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin." (Proverbs 21:4) The eyes and the heart reveal the motive of selfishness, greed, pride and it’s destructiveness. Do you think about your motives behind your actions? What will cause you …