If you find a perfect church don’t join it, you’ll spoil it. Can you see God? You haven’t seen him? I’ve never seen the wind. I see the effects of the wind. That’s a mystery to it. A fish is free as long as it stays in the water. If it suddenly declares that it wants its freedom to fly in the air like a bird disaster occurs.
A train is free as long as it stays on the track. However, if it demands freedom to take off down a major highway, the result is destruction and devastation. We too can only experience true freedom in its fullest if we remain within the framework of freedom; often this requires accepting responsibility and practising discipline. Make the least of all that goes and most of all that comes.
To acquire knowledge one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe, no amount of reading or memorizing will make you successful in life. It is the understanding and application of wise thought which counts.
You have to know the past to understand the present. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited, imagination encircles the world. We suffer much agony because we try to get from people what only God can give us, which is a sense of worth and value.
Look to God for what you need not to people. Stop focusing on what’s wrong with everyone else and start focusing on how blessed you are. The more you talk about negative things in your life, the more you call them in. Speak victory not defeat. If you want to know where you will be five years from now, listen to what you’re saying about yourself today.
You were created to make somebody else’s life better. Somebody needs your smile. They need your love, your encouragement and your gifts. When you face difficult times, know that challenges are not sent to destroy you. They are sent to promote, increase and strengthen you.
You’ll find success in life when you stop trying to include God in your plans and instead ask God to include you in His. If you prayed as much as you complain and quarrel, you’d have a lot less to argue about and much more peace of mind. God just loans the earth to us while we are here. It was God’s property before you arrived. And God will loan it to someone else after you die. Stay strong!
Your test will become your testimony; your mess will become your message.