A little reminder
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:12
“All things are lawful for me, but all things
are not helpful. All things are lawful
for me, but I will not be bought under the power of any.”
Most people grow up under the
guidance and care of their parents, but a person has to walk through the journey
of life on his own. It is essential for
a person to understand himself in his growth, for he is fully responsible for
what he says and what he does.
When facing this changing world,
enormous problems may frustrate a young man’s heart, though he is young and
energetic. Among all, the trouble of
career and emotional problems are the most common and of significant influence. Some youths may stumble or become exhausted
when trouble comes. If not properly
counseled, the shadow of old memories may shade a young man’s life with regrets
and sorrow for a long period of time.
But in Romans 8:28,
it says that “we know that all things work together for good to those who love
God." Understanding that trouble is the
tester of endurance, Paul also taught a valuable message for Christians to live
by: “I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned
both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who
strengthens me.” (Phil 4:12-13)
Scripture: Ephesians 4:29,32
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth,
but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the
hearers.” “And be
kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in
Christ forgave you.”
Corrupt words edify no
one. Knowing that someone could be severely
hurt by them with a lifelong scar, why not bridle the tongue, hold our
temper, and be considerate to others?
Lest the urge explode like a poison.
Therefore, the children of God should speak edifying words with a loving
A wise judgment
helps one grasp a good opportunity. Yet
most people fail to be aware of a blessing when it comes, and regret in vain
when it passes. We may carelessly harm
those who love us the most. Only when we
are hurt, then we realize the happiness of being loved.
We learn to love in our maturity
through affliction. The true love is the
love that continually gives without asking in return. An old saying tells us: “Not until a person
hold his own baby, will he understand the love of parents.” May everyone learn how to appreciate the
blessings in their daily lives.
Scripture: 1 John 3:18
“My little children, let us not love in word or
in tongue, but in deed and truth”
To love without deed is hypocrisy,
and time is its best tester. It is our duty to love each other and to live peaceably, for all mankind are
of thoughts and feelings. Some ancient
sayings teach us how to discern human beings: “Examine his words, observe his
behaviors, surely you will know him.” “A
long distance of journey tests a horse's power, but a long
period of time tests a person’s mind.”
One's youth is precious yet short. Youth and beauty do not last forever. Though the flesh decays, in exchange, the
spirit grows stronger. An old man’s
wisdom cannot be neglected for he accumulates his experience and knowledge
throughout his life. His experience is a condensed book of Proverbs. His words will broaden our life and clarify
our perspectives, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than
any two-edged sword” (Hebrew 4:12).
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2
Scripture: Proverbs 16:9
“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord
directs his steps.”
Everyone wishes to have a happy
life, yet no one can hold the future.
There are so many variables in life over which we have little
control. What we should do is to do our
best; by doing so, it is already self-rewarding no matter if we succeed or
not. For the value of life is determined by what has been done. It is so
important to have a good heart in order to have a good life, for the Bible
tells us, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues
of life” (Prov 4:23).
Only by helping each other with a tender loving heart, can we achieve
happiness. Happy is the person who has a
kind heart. Trouble cannot defeat him as
long as he has done his best, for each cloud in his sky has a silver lining.
Scripture: James 1:6-7
“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for
he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man
suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.”
Being brought up under the
religious education since I was young, abundantly
nourished by the word of God, I know that a Christian must live by His words in daily living to understand God’s will.
The Christian philosophy is to “fear God and love others.” It may sound simple, but to do it is not easy. This could be your trial. Youths may
live according to ideals in the beginning, but by going through conflicts practicing
in their daily lives, they will gradually learn how to
solve problems. Therefore, to live a
meaningful and happy life, one must take full responsibility of his own life,
continually grow in the spirit, appreciate the blessings of daily life, and
most importantly remember and live by God’s words. By doing so, it will benefit us in all kinds
of troubles and trials.