Our Message of Hope

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Job 23:10-14 (NIV)

10 But he knows the way that I take;
    when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.
11 My feet have closely followed his steps;
    I have kept to his way without turning aside.
12 I have not departed from the commands of his lips;
    I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.

13 “But he stands alone, and who can oppose him?
    He does whatever he pleases.
14 He carries out his decree against me,
    and many such plans he still has in store.

 

Imagine going to a nice restaurant for dinner.  The table is set with linens, fine china, and crystal glasses.  The waiter delivers your plate with a flourish of gusto.  In the middle of that exquisite plate is a single marshmallow.  What a letdown!  Instead of receiving a nutritious, meaty meal, you are left with a puff of sugar and no satisfaction.

If we become lax, our lives can resemble that disappointing meal.  Instead of being believers with a weighty message full of hope, we can find ourselves with nothing to offer but a bit of fluffy sweetness.  God’s message is meant to nourish and sustain; our family, our friends, and even we ourselves cannot be satisfied by meager provisions.  Our Father wants us to have such an impact on those around us that people will never be the same after knowing us.

If God is building a valuable message into our lives, we must receive everything that comes our way as being from Him.  When a bad event passes through God’s will to affect us, He will bring good from it.  We know this from this verse found in Romans:

Romans 8:28 (NIV)

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Truthfully, a person can share a message of hope more effectively if he or she has first suffered.  When we are hurting, we seek comfort from people who have faced similar hurt.  Likewise, others will trust our comfort if we have known similar pain.  Tough times can destroy is as a person or, if we choose to learn and grow from it, can bring us to a whole new level.  Choose to be the latter.

Whatever the circumstances, we should be evaluating what God is doing in us.  Like a gem polisher, He will work off our rough edges by running us up against tough experiences and people. When we look for His purposes and lessons, we are hastening the time when our life message reflects the hope that is available in Jesus Christ.

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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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