November 17 / Proverbs 17 / Luke 4

tempted

Proverbs 17:19

Whoever loves to argue loves to sin.

People with a lot of drama in their lives invite said drama themselves, most of the time.

Law of attraction.  Laws of the universe.

If you love arguing, then you love strife.

Very rarely, if ever, is someone else the problem.  If you step up and just accept that you are the problem, it is actually quite empowering, for then you can change.  Your life changes, even if your circumstances do not.  Until you admit that you must be the change you want to see in the world, nothing progresses.

You can keep on complaining about everybody…see what that does for you…

Luke 4:1-13

Jesus is tempted by the devil.

One of the most common and compelling temptations is, “Do this good thing without consulting God first.”*

Scripture tells us that Jesus did and said only what He heard from His Father.

Think of all the good He could’ve done.

He could have founded the most amazing hospital ever.

He could have started quite a joy-filled orphanage.

But Father knows best.  Humbly, He did what He was commissioned to do.  And He stayed tuned in well enough to hear it clearly.

It seems to have turned out pretty well.

There’s a million good things we can do.  But what do you hear the Father asking of you?

Are you listening?


*We are here of course not talking about those daily acts of goodness that are presented in front of you-loving your neighbor before you. More, the big undertakings, like starting some group, organization, things that will take much of your energy, time, margin. It is important to ask why you are doing so. Calling or craving? Or maybe both! Which is cool.

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