The seeds that fell among Thorns represent those who hear the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity. Luke 8:14 NLT
When we enter into a relationship with the Trinity-God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, we receive a measure of Faith, and it becomes our responsibility to pray, study the Word of God, and rid ourselves of all disobedience and self-willed characteristics through total surrender to God.
We have a responsibilty to achieve spiritual growth in order to fulfill our commission: “Go, Teach, and make Disciples.”
We have a responsibility to achieve spiritual growth in order to achieve personal growth.
I hear many individuals verbalize that they wish for the good old days. I wonder what their reference point is: a time where people cared, employers valued their employees, families sat down for dinner, friends were loyal, church membership had consistent growth…I am certain the answers would vary based on the personal perspective from individualized life experience.
It is highly probable that the individuals who are wishing for days gone by, are the same individuals who have stopped practicing the qualities they so desperately desire.
In fact, they may possess an “External Locus of Control”; it is the belief that the results of one’s personal successes or failures are beyond his/her control due to people, places, situations, and things, they are actually blaming the concept of change on others.
I will clarify: If you have a family with or without children, unless there is a conflict in time, then at least one meal per day should be a sit-down at the kitchen or dining table, with the expectation that one event from the day will be shared, without the interference of electronic devices.
Is it the fault of technology that you are not instilling the value of bonding, effective communication, developing qualities of compassion, and the importance of strong family and marital ties?
If you are single, then have a chat with your close friends and emphasize the importance of meeting on a weekly basis for brunch, or dinner. Face-to-face contact with others support our self-worth, and value as human beings. In addition, it is a time where hearing the details of life from others can enrich and broaden your mindset. It is a time to learn and laugh with friends who care. Just make certain you have a godly-minded and positive circle of individuals that share the value of friendship.
Yes, Change is inevitable; even so, the outcome relies on the decisions that you make. The qualities of life that you desire have never left, they are not part of days gone by.
Change your perspective: Develop and implement an action plan with family or friends.
Challenge for today: Embrace and Regain Control of your mindset and your life.
Chapter for today: Luke 8
Prayer for today: Dear God, I have resisted spiritual and personal growth by blaming others for moving forward. I need to have a closer relationship with you by praying and studying your Word. Please give me the desire to achieve growth by changing my perspective on life. Thank you for granting us the ability to change. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz