10 Guidelines For The New Year

IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH . . .

GOD: Be prayerful. Remember dependence and helplessness in your relationship with God are prerequisites for spiritual health. How about a thorough spiritual check-up this year? (2 Corinthians 13:5).

OTHERS: Be helpful. Make a commitment to show love and encouragement to someone everyday (Romans 14:19-22). Challenge yourself to be kind and helpful especially to those who least expect it (Ephesians 4:32).

YOUR MIND: Read and think about something noble and creative every day (Philippians 4:8). Start the day with the Bible. Let the words of life fill your heart and mind before anything else gets to them!

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5 Suggestions For A Better Life

  1. When you hear a kind word spoken about a friend, pass it along (Proverbs 3:27Galatians 6:10). If it’s a negative word, keep it to yourself.
  2. As a man, spoil your spouse, not your children (2 Samuel 12:38Proverbs 5:18–19Ephesians 5:251 Peter 3:7).
  3. It is not our job to get people to like us. It is our job to like people (John 13:35Hebrews 13:11 Peter 1:222:17).
  4. To help your children turn out well, spend twice as much time with them and half as much money on them (Genesis 44:30Proverbs 22:6Ephesians 5:166:4Colossians 4:5) (H. Jackson Browne).
  5. Focus on others, not on self (Galatians 2:20Philippians 2:3–5). Someone wrote, “How to Be Miserable.” It reads, “Think about yourself. Talk about yourself. Use ‘I’ as often as possible. Mirror yourself continually in the opinion of others. Listen greedily to what people say about you. Expect to be appreciated. Be suspicious. Be jealous and envious. Be sensitive to slights. Never forgive a criticism. Trust nobody but yourself. Insist on consideration and respect. Demand agreement with your own views on everything. Sulk if people are not grateful to you for favors shown them. Never forget a service you have rendered. Shirk your duties if you can. Do as little as possible for others.” —Daily Walk, June 29, 1993

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Sermons We Can See

I’d rather see a sermon than to hear one any day.
I’d rather one would walk with me than merely show the way.
The eye’s the better pupil, more willing than the ear.

Fine counsel is confusing but example is always clear.
The best of all the preachers are the men who live their creed.
For to see the good in action is what everybody needs.
If you let me watch you do it I can see just how it’s done.

I can see your hands in action but your tongue too fast may run.
And the sermons you deliver may be very wise and true
But I’d rather get my lesson from observing what you do.
For I may misunderstand you and the high advice you give.

But there is no misunderstanding how you act and how you live
(read Mt. 5:14-16).

(Smithvillechurch.org)