Lessons of Life
I wonder how many of us are still holding onto negative feelings about past events, whether for legitimate reasons or selfish reasons based on what we did or didn’t get for results or material possessions we had hoped to gain.
I guess it’s a matter of exploring the motives of our hearts!
Today’s Ultimate Blog Challenge writing prompt was to discuss valuable lessons we have learned to overcome challenges. One of my many favorite devotional books by Joyce Meyer is one entitled, “Ending Your Day Right.” It has 365 devotionals, one for each evening of the year, focusing on solitude and gratitude.
Here’s one such contemplation from this devotional book that addresses an important lesson of life!
“If you don’t get whatever it is you want, can you still love God?
Will you still serve Him all the days of your life?
Or are you just trying to get something from Him?
A fine line divides the motives of the heart between selfish and selfless; and we must always make sure we understand which side of the line we are standing on.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
Interesting, I have prayed about this often – to know the difference between praying for God’s will and believing He will grant me my heart’s desire, per Psalm 37:4 — “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will grant you the desires of your heart.” Hoping the two coincide!
I guess it’s an ongoing self-test to determine what our motives are and if they are truly selfish or selfless.
So What About YOU?
Have you considered what your motives are in various areas of life?
Do you think about the lessons of life from the past as motivation to do what’s right in the future?