And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 2 Corinthians 9:8 NLT
I can recall having a very interesting conversation with my cousin regarding life’s problems and using logical solutions that bring positive outcomes to resolve the issues. I further expressed that I could not understand how people keep making choices that further complicate their lives and add to their problems. His answer is one that I will always remember, “You must understand something, that’s how you and I would think, but that’s not how they think.”
What are some of the factors that cause individuals to choose solutions that produce chaos?
1. Lack of knowledge and wisdom
2. Familial traits and learned behavior
3. Pride and Stubbornness
4. Nonproductive relationships
5. No interest in learning beyond what they currently know
6. Lack of ambition or motivation
We must acknowledge that as human beings we are incomplete without others. Remember the quip, “No man is an island?” We stunt our growth and fullest potential when we refuse to step outside of our comfort zone to explore what we currently know. We can and should learn from those who can share their knowledge and life experiences.
God has equipped us with a neurological system which supersedes any technological advancements that we can possibly develop on this earth. The normal brain has the unlimited potential to expand beyond our wildest imaginations. We can learn new skills, languages, hobbies, pursue degrees, use our creativity, develop talents, and the list goes on and on.
Even with limited income, we are able to visit the library, read newspapers, visit museums, take free online classes, etc. Get up and get out of your home! There is an abundant life outdoors available for us to explore. One of my favorite paths to education is the enjoyment of nature; the wildflowers, trees, birds, the breathtaking landscapes and my cherished plants.
I was gifted with a houseplant that lost most of its leaves in spite of the loving care it received. The instructions recommended a low light environment with a warning against direct sunlight. With despair, I set her outside on the porch with two pale leaves, watered her sparingly and prepared myself for loss. Much to my surprise, one week later there were four leaves; the rays of sunlight that peaked through the tree branches provided strength and nourishment and now she has grown and produced many leaves, she was given the necessary elements to thrive.
God has given us all that we need!
When we place our lives in his hands, we have unlimited potential for growth in all aspects of our lives. Through prayer and studying of the Bible, we gain knowledge of who He is, which results in Spiritual growth. We are able to ask for wisdom to apply His Word to our daily lives. There is no need for a Believer to make wayward decisions based on inexperience.
Read of the behaviors of ants, homing pigeons, eagles, the hibernation of bears, and the fish and mammals in the sea which speak of God’s love for humanity. Identify your interest in growing plants, herbs, or a container garden; start out simple and do research to learn the proper care and nurturing of the foliage; buy a packet of seeds, or a plant and learn from nature.
Enhance your social circle, including the motivators, the movers and the shakers who can provide a broader perspective on life. As we prepare for Eternal life, God does not intend for us to live in a gloom and doom atmosphere. We are not to live in seclusion or fear of what is or what is to come. Make the commitment to enjoy the wonderful life that God has given to us to learn, grow, and thrive!.
Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6-12
Prayer for Today: Dear God, This is a Prayer of Thanksgiving for creating us in your image. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, and our bodies are simply amazing. We ask you to enable us to step outside of our comfort zones to learn, grow, thrive and enjoy our lives that you have blessed us with. We ask forgiveness of our sins and shortcomings, to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, and to fill us with your Holy Spirit. We ask this in the Worthy name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019