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Right Living Begins With Right Thinking!

-821호, 발행일 : 2014년 4월 30일(수)- One of the most important steps we can take toward achieving our greatest potential…

By editor , in Globe , at 2019년 4월 25일

-821호, 발행일 : 2014년 4월 30일(수)-

One of the most important steps we can take toward achieving our greatest potential in life is to learn to monitor our thoughts and its impact on our attitude. How you look at something can make a world of difference in how you behave. Two ships were leaving the same port. One ship sails east and the other sails west with the same wind. It is how they set their sail that determines which way they will go. Life is like that. In today’s scripture, Paul gives us great advice in Philippians 4:8. If you take a look at most news stories, magazines, gossip around the church or office, you’ll notice that most of these things focus on the negative. In Philippians 1:12-26 Paul does mention some very negative things that are going on in his life. Yet Paul goes on to show that God was able to use those negative things in a very positive way. In vs.12 Paul is saying, “what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.” In vs.13, he says, “As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.”?Now here is the situation. For 24 hours a day Paul is chained to Roman soldiers, each serving a 6 hour shift. So every 6 hours a new soldier comes in and chains himself to Paul. The soldier was doing his duty, making sure the prisoner wasn’t going to escape. But Paul saw this as a wonderful opportunity to tell the soldier about Jesus. There was no way that the soldier could escape. And it worked! For in the closing chapter of this letter vs.22, Paul writes, “All the saints send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.” Now that tells us that some of these soldiers became Christians, and the gospel made its way into the household of Caesar because Paul was in prison. Paul also talks about unreasonable people. Now what happens when people become envious of someone else? They usually try to tear them down. Paul says, “But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.” When Magic Johnson was in Jr. High School, he was much better than the rest of the team and he would score 50 points while the others would score 5. They won every game but the other players and their parents were unhappy because they didn’t get the ball or many chances to shoot. So Magic Johnson decided to change his role on the team. He would become an enabler, passing the ball to others, making them look good. When he went to the NBA he played for the Los Angeles Lakers, a team made up of a lot of superstars. They were all great players, but they weren’t winning because they were playing for themselves. Magic Johnson became a catalyst, deciding once again to make other players look good and he did. Some say he’s the most unselfish basketball player that has ever played. Now my question is, “If that attitude can happen in basketball, why can’t it happen in our lives? If we can become that unselfish, and our desire is to make other people look good, to encourage each other, to build each other up, isn’t that exactly what we are supposed to be doing as Christians? Paul says, “The only thing that matters to me is that the gospel is preached. Paul shares in verses 19-26 that the only important thing is, Vs.21, “For to me, to live is Christ?and to die is gain.”? A good friend of mine had a severe heart attack and almost died. He was on the road to recovery and I asked him, “How do you feel about your heart attack?’ He answered, ‘I hate it. It nearly killed me.’” I asked, “Would you like to have another one?” ‘Certainly not!’ I asked him, “Would you recommend it for someone else?” “Absolutely not.” I said, “So, now that you’re feeling better, do you treasure your life more than before?” “Yes, I guess I do. I also asked him, “And how about your relationship with God? Has that changed since your heart attack?” He replied, “Yes, I feel a whole lot closer to God now than I ever did before.”?I finally asked, “So, in the light of all this, how do you feel about your heart attack now?”?You see, God can take the most negative things that happen to us in life, and make them positive, if we’ll just focus on the positive. As we celebrate 50 years here at Jeon Ju University may we focus on what Paul teaches us. Right living begins with right thinking!

By Scott Radford

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