The Story of the Two Sons

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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confusion  , direction , arrowOnce upon a time there was an alcoholic who had two sons. One son looked at his father and thought, When I grow up, I’m going to be just like my father. The other son looked at his father and thought, When I grow up, I will not be at all like my father.  Surely enough, the first son grew up to be an alcoholic just like his father, and surely enough, the second son grew up and never touched an alcoholic drink his entire life.

What was the difference between the two sons? The difference was in what they believed. The son who became an alcoholic believed he had no control over his life.  The son who remained sober believed he did have control over his life.  The alcoholic son believed he was a victim of circumstances. The sober son believed he was a victor over circumstances. The son who became an alcoholic believed he was doomed by his past. The second son who remained sober believed that his past had no power over him unless he gave it power.

In short, the son who became an alcoholic allowed his past to break him. The son who remained sober allowed his past to make him.

What about you? Are you allowing your past to make you or break you?

The choice is entirely up to you.

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Are You on Information Overload?

Scripture warns us that in the last days, “many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase” (Dan 12:4 NKJV) . We call this the “Information Age”, and I believe that we are right smack in the middle of it. 

Just look at your e-mailbox. If it’s anything like mine, it’s inundated with hundreds of emails, many unsolicited. Moreover, everywhere we turn, we are bombarded with invitations to connect via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and a host of other social media of which there seems to be no end. 

So where do we draw the line? 

When Jesus was on earth, He ran everything by His Father. In so doing, Jesus knew exactly where to go, when to go, how long to stay, and what to say and do while He was there. He did nothing without consulting the Father first. If Jesus had to consult the Father first in order to establish priorities in alignment with the Father’s will, how much more do we need to consult the Father in everything? 

We all know we have an enemy who will try to divert us from our Lord. The enemy often does this by putting good things in our path. After all, good things don’t come across at first as dangerous. For instance, church ministry is a good thing. But it becomes a bad thing when it assumes priority over time spent in developing our relationship with our Lord. 

When helping my writing clients to establish priorities, I remind them that DOING flows out of BEING. In other words, what we do must flow out of BEING in (abiding in) Christ. We get into trouble when we put the DOING first. 

So how connected should we be? As connected as our Lord instructs us to be. No more. No less.
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