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King Solomon was the wisest person in the Old Testament but there was one decision that transcended all the others during his life.

Interestingly, it was a decision he made very early in his reign that was so good.

After a marvelous worship experience before the bronze altar of sacrifice, God gave Solomon a blank-check opportunity to serve himself.

Solomon chose otherwise.

His choice should inspire us to do the same , no matter how many days we have on this earth.

Read this passage link and you’ll see the incredible power of living to serve others.

Here’s the wrap-up. The best decisions we make are those focused on what is best for others.

It really is that simple.

Yes, it’s a long-term view when it comes to needed benefits for ourselves. But the God whom we serve by choosing to serve others has quite a lengthy track record of blessing those who live to bless others.

As always, I love you
Martin

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I suppose Christopher Columbus could swim but he didn’t reach the New World because of being a strong swimmer.

Instead, he chose to stay on the ship because of the faith it would get him to where he could not get himself.

For Columbus to think he could swim across the ocean would be like thinking you and I could swim to heaven.

Not happening.

Yes, you and I can keep our head above water much of the time in a spiritual sense but sooner or later, we tire or we swim the wrong direction and tire even more quickly or are overwhelmed by storms and down we go.

Our only hope for a safe arrival is to stay on the ship that’s headed the right direction.

That’s why the truths of a passage in today’s One-Year Bible reading are so important.
Trust God, not yourself, my friend. His record of success is a whole lot better than ours.

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“To acquire wisdom is to love yourself;
people who cherish understanding will prosper.”

Are these words from Confucius?
Ghandi?
Will Rogers?
Nope. They’re from a guy who knew a thing or two about wisdom.
A guy named Solomon. (Proverbs 19:8)

Do yourself a huge favor and seek wisdom.

The alternative is like going into a gun battle without bullets — it won’t go well.

Cherish that which protects and prospers you.

Dig into the Word and store away all the nuggets of golden truth that find.

You’ll find all that you need to sustain you and bless others.

And isn’t that a more comfortable existence that firing blanks at that which comes against you?

As always, I love you
Martin

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You learn this early in your driving life as a teenager — if you don’t keep your eyes on the road, bad things happen.

Or you don’t keep your hands on the wheel, bad things happen.

It doesn’t matter how good of a knee driver you think you are, trusting your knee to keep you safe for longer than a moment is foolishness.

We’ve all learned these truths along the way, sometimes in painful, costly ways.

The same principle applies in our spiritual lives.

Yes, we can sometimes take our eyes off the straight and narrow for a brief time and not end up in a ditch of disobedience or smashed against a tree of spiritual failure.

But that is going to be a very short period of time because life has curvy roads and crazy/careless other drivers.

And to trust the “knee” of religious habits to guide us through the twists and turns of temptation and turmoil is a recipe for disaster.

Here’s the fact. Whether we’ve driven for 50 years or 50 days, we need to keep our eyes on the road and hands on the vehicle’s steering wheel at all times.

And so it is with our faith. King David wrote about the fact that we’ll never stay on the right road unless we continually CHOOSE to do so.

“Search for the Lord and for His strength; continually seek Him.” (I Chronicles 16:11)

Listen, faithful living is no accident but without it, we’ll experience one crash and burn after another.

Drive carefully, my friend.

As always, I love you
Martin

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Morning Devotion: Poison

Gossip is poison.

Please don’t drink it.

Here’s a 3,000-year-old principle to protect us from imbibing in such caustic potions.

“The first to speak in court sounds right—
until the cross-examination begins.” (Proverbs 18:17)

When somebody starts bad-mouthing another, make sure you check the facts and then challenge the gossiper to do the same.

It’s the right thing to do.

As always, I love you
Martin

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