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Home Sections The Daily B.R.E.A.D. March 26, 2009 - Thursday Meditation (His Opinion Matters Most!)
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Monday, 23 March 2009 03:29
T he fact of the matter is with our busy lives, we don’t take the time to listen. His opinion is the one that matters the most.
Ex 32:7-14
Ps 106:19-20, 21-22, 23

John 5:31-47 If I bear witness to myself, my testimony is not true; (32) there is another who bears witness to me, and I know that the testimony which he bears to me is true. (33) You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. (34) Not that the testimony which I receive is from man; but I say this that you may be saved. (35) He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. (36) But the testimony which I have is greater than that of John; for the works which the Father has granted me to accomplish, these very works  which I am doing, bear me witness that the Father has sent me. (37) And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness to me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen; (38) and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe him whom he has sent. (39) You search the scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me; (40) yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. (41) I do not receive glory from men. (42) But I know that you have not the love of God within you. (43) I have come in my Father's name, and you do not receive me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. (44) How can you believe, who receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? (45) Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; it is Moses who accuses you, on whom you set your hope. (46) If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote of me. (47) But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?"

* Meditation by Laura Thomas (Creighton)
Many times I find myself looking to others as my source of strength and pride. I gain my confidence through others telling me such frivolous things like, “You look pretty today.” Or (since I’m a reporter) “That was a fantastic article you wrote.” I look to people to assure myself I am good at what I do and that I am a good person. However, through reflecting on these readings (Ex 32: 7-14) and (John 5: 31-47) I realize I put a huge amount of focus on what other people think, and take little time to reflect on what God thinks.

In John, Jesus says, “How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?” It makes me wonder where the emphasis is in my own life, and whose opinion to I hold onto when I get upset or down on myself.
I have caught myself saying these very words; “God doesn’t speak to me like he speaks to everyone else.” The fact of the matter is with our busy lives, we don’t take the time to listen. His opinion is the one that matters the most. His opinion is the one we should hold on to when we feel down about ourselves. God loves and cares about each and every one of us; we just need to take the time to focus on Him, and He will be our guide, our strength our confidence.
Supplementary Reading 
Harmony Seekers 

Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness – James 3:18

I innately seek harmony and avoid conflict. So, what was God thinking when he gave me four sons who fought constantly? Or when he put me in a career requiring conflict resolution ninety percent of the time?

I learned the hard way that harmony seekers are often the best at conflict resolution because we're highly motivated to settle conflicts quickly.

As an administrator, I've also discovered that good, healthy conflict can stimulate better team creativity and results. Still…I side-step conflict, whenever I can. If I can't, then I face it with gratitude for the challenging lessons to be learned through it.

I am a peacemaker. What I've learned from Jesus is that peace comes at a price and with supreme sacrifice. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, walks every step with me in times of conflict and in peace.

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Look for opportunities to practice the art of being a peacemaker wherever you are—whether at work, at school, at church, in your small group, or in your extended family.

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Note:  This excerpt was taken from the "Power for Life Daily Devotional"

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


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