“The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and a man is tested by his praise.” (Proverbs 27:21, English Standard Version). I think it is safe to say none of us will escape experiencing tough times at some point in life. John 16:33 tells us, “In the world you will have tribulation” (NKJV). It’s not if, but when. Considering this, it seems logical that our biggest test of faith comes when we face a serious trial. But let me ask a question. When do we pray most relentlessly—during the good times or the bad times? The situation…
“Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God” (II Corinthians 3:5, English Standard Version). Most of us take pride in our accomplishments in life. Whether it’s a level of education, mastering a skill, or achieving success in a career, we feel good (perhaps even pride) about what we have achieved. Society often extols what they call “the self-made man.” This person through intellect, determination, and hard work has accomplished amazing things. Often, he takes all the credit for his triumphs. There is a problem with this way of…
Do to others as you would have them do to you. (Luke 6:31, Holy Bible, New International Version).
Each generation has produced motivational quotes for high achievers on their journey to success. Some were embraced. Others were cast aside for a new phrase. The main theme is to be different than others. Advice from the First Century A.D.—treat everybody like you want to be treated—is absent.
Imagine the impact a single individual can make in one generation by following this equality advice from Jesus, the master motivator.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for reminding me that actions are better motivators than words. Amen.
Devotion by Violet Carr Moore