Relationships have correctly been identified as the single element that adds the greatest value to our life. Here’s something to consider: while everything else in your life and everything around you was created by God, friendship has always existed. It’s a part of the very nature of God, and, when God created us, He made that a major part of our nature as well.
Boundaries have correctly been identified as the foundation that holds our lives together. Since the beginning of creation, God has expected two things from us: faith and obedience. The two actually go hand in hand – faith in God produces faithful obedience to His Word.
Maturity has been correctly identified as the acceptance of responsibility. On the other hand, immaturity has correctly been identified as selfishness. The simple reality is that we all deal with areas of childishness and irresponsibility in our life, but we have been given the choice of whether or not they remain a part of our life. The poet Ogden Nash once said, “You are
Life has correctly been identified as the canvas upon which the grace strokes of God are most clearly seen. In the very first chapter of Genesis, we find that God created man both in his image and after his likeness. When man made the choice to reject and to rebel against the Word of God, sin contaminated and corrupted his heart and life and brought Him under the condemnation of God.
Truth has correctly been identified as the most valuable thing that we have. It transcends our culture, our comforts, and our circumstances because truth was established by God. As a result, truth is powerful, and it always prevails. And yet, it has been under attack since the beginning of time. It was by distorting the truth that Satan convinced Eve to rebel against the Word of God – a decision that did have and still does have a devastating impact on the nature of man.
Character has correctly been identified as the single greatest contributor to one’s beauty. It is the evidence of our willingness to accept personal responsibility for our own life and then actively choosing to control our thoughts, our attitude, our words, and our actions.
Time management has correctly been identified as the ability to acknowledge, to appreciate, and to accomplish what is important. One of, if not, the biggest battle that we face daily is that of distraction.
Discipline has correctly been identified as the bridge between goals and accomplishment. Spiritually speaking, it is when we begin to take our relationship with God and our responsibilities before Him seriously.
Wisdom has correctly been identified as the ability to live life according to truth. Throughout the Scriptures, we find that we have the responsibility to allow truth to dominate our thoughts, to direct our feelings, and to dictate our actions. And yet, since the beginning of time, truth has always and will always suffer attack. The Devil is hard at work in every generation seeking to undermine truth and to sow seeds of confusion. And, I must admit, he’s done it very effectively.
Preparation has correctly been identified as both the first step of victory and as half the battle. It was Benjamin Franklin who said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”