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Monday, 23 March 2009 03:10
... successful people make right decisions early and manage those decisions daily.

John 4:43-54  After the two days he departed to Galilee. (44) For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. (45) So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast, for they too had gone to the feast. (46) So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Caper'na-um there was an official whose son was ill. (47) When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. (48) Jesus, therefore, said to him, "Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe." (49) The official said to him, "Sir, come down before my child dies." (50) Jesus said to him, "Go; your son will live." The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went his way. (51) As he was going down, his servants met him nd told him that his son was living. (52) So he asked them the hour when he began to mend, and they said to him, "Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him." (53) The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live"; and he himself believed, and all his household. (54) This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee.
 
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 65:17-21  I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and be glad in my people;  no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping  and the cry of distress. (20) No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days, for the child shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed.
 
 
 

Meditation by Don Schwagger

Do you approach the Lord with expectant faith for healing, pardon, and transformation in Christlike holiness? Isaiah prophesied that God would establish a new heavens and earth when he came to restore his people. Jesus’ miracles are signs that manifest the presence and power of God’s kingdom. When a Gentile official heard the reports of Jesus’ preaching and miracles, he decided to seek Jesus out for an extraordinary favor.
 
If this story happened today the media headlines would probably say: "High ranking official leaves capital in search of miracle cure from a small town carpenter."
 
It took raw courage for a Gentile court official to travel twenty miles in search of Jesus, the Galilean carpenter. He had to swallow his pride and put up with some ridicule from his cronies. And when he found the healer carpenter, Jesus seemed to put him off with the blunt statement that people would not believe unless they saw some kind of miracle or sign from heaven. Jesus likely said this to test the man to see if his faith was in earnest. If he turned away discouraged or irritated, he would prove to be insincere. Jesus, perceiving his faith, sent him home with the assurance that his prayer had been heard.
 
It was probably not easy for this man to leave Jesus and go back home only with the assuring word that his son would be healed. Couldn't Jesus have come to this man's home and touched his dying child? The court official believed and surrendered to Jesus. He was ready to return home and face ridicule and laughter because he trusted in Jesus' word. God's mercy shows his generous love -- a love that bends down in response to our misery and wretchedness. Do you approach the Lord Jesus with the readiness to believe in his word and to do whatever he commands?
 
 
"Lord Jesus, your love never fails. Increase my faith and confidence in your saving word, make my hope in your promises strong and unwavering, and inflame my heart with consuming love for you and with kindness and mercy for my neighbor."

 
 
 
Supplementary Reading 
Manage your Attitude Daily

 

As a man thinks in his heart, so is he – Proverbs 23:7


One of the most significant discoveries of my life was realizing that we often place too much emphasis on making decisions and too little on managing the decisions we've already made. This discovery was so significant to me that I wrote a book about it called Today Matters. The thesis of the book is that successful people make right decisions early and manage those decisions daily. You can make a decision to have a good attitude, but if you don't make plans to manage that decision every day, then you are likely to end up right back where you started. But here's the good news: maintaining the right attitude is easier than regaining the right attitude.
 
How do you do that? A Chinese proverb I came across gives insight: "Assume a cheerfulness you do not feel, and shortly you feel the cheerfulness you assumed." Or as editor and publisher Elbert Hubbard says, "Be pleasant until 10 a.m. and the rest of the day will take care of itself." When you get up in the morning, you need to remind yourself of the decision you've made to have a positive attitude. You need to manage your thinking and direct your actions so that they are consistent with your decision.
 
If you take responsibility for your attitude—recognizing that it can change how you live, managing it every day, and cultivating and developing positive thoughts and habits—then you can make your attitude your greatest asset. It can become the difference maker in your life, opening doors and helping you overcome great obstacles.
 
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Make the decision to have a good attitude today, then manage that decision the rest of the day.

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Note:  This excerpt was taken from the "The Maxwell Daily Reader"
 
 
GOD BLESS US ALL!

PRAY as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU.
 


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