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monday motivation – do you keep your word?

A handshake is no longer binding

Disobedient children

Our scripture reading in church yesterday included this verse: “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey” (Exodus 24: 7) NIV. But sadly, very little time had passed after the children of Israel said this than they began to disobey. God became so furious He would have destroyed them had Moses not pleaded for them.

Just a handshake

Have you vowed to do something only to change your mind soon after saying it? Long ago, all that was needed for a contract to be binding was for both parties to shake hands. Nowadays, contracts are multi-page documents with language only a legal expert can understand. Why is that? Because most of us do not keep our word, we have to have something in writing that no one can easily dispute.

Keeping your word

How about keeping your word to yourself? Have you ever said, “I’m going to exercise four times a week?” Or, “I’m going to cut down on my sugar intake?” Or, “I’m going to add some vegetables to my diet?” Whatever promise you have made yourself (or others) and have not kept, ask God to forgive you and help you keep that promise. Your body is as important to God as your soul is. He wants you healthy so you can fulfill His purpose in this world.

Have a contract

Write your contract and put it where you can see it everyday

Go one step further and write a contract to yourself. It does not have to be several pages. Just one paragraph will do. When you write it, put it up somewhere you can see it every day. God gave Moses the Ten Commandments written on tablets of stone. That’s how important they were to God. Write your contract down because it’s important to you.

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Monday motivation – stop comparing yourself to others

Recently I read a very interesting piece of scripture in my morning devotional. Jesus had just asked Peter if he loved Him. This was after Jesus’s crucifixion when Peter had so shockingly denied knowing Christ. Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved him. The third time Jesus asked the question Peter felt hurt and replied, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you” (John 21: 17).

A very interesting conversation followed, in which Jesus charged Peter to “feed His sheep,” and indicated the kind of death Peter will suffer. “Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go” (v 18).

The scripture goes on to say that Peter looked back and saw John, known as the disciple whom Jesus loved, following them. Peter asked, “Lord, what about him?”  Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me” (v 21 – 22).

Profound words from a profound Master. Peter’s destiny was not John’s destiny, in the same way that your destiny is not the same as your best friend’s or your sister’s or anybody else’s. So, stop comparing yourself to others, whether in your weight, your home or your success in life. Just try to be the best you can be, and leave the rest to God.