Don’t waste time berating yourself; plan a new strategy for today.

The Divine in Our Design:
God’s Workmanship – Part 2

Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 2:4-9

Key Verse:  Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Continuing from yesterday, let me ask you a question: Are you happy with you, right now?  Unfortunately, I have a feeling there will be more negative than positive answers to that question.  Maybe you did something bad recently.  Maybe you made a bad decision that cost you a relationship.  Maybe you have a habit or addiction that makes you angry at yourself.  What should you think about yourself when you are unhappy with yourself?

            First, we tend to think, “I’ll berate myself for a few days or more.”  Whether that is a conscious decision or not, we often decide on that path.  God would tell us to think differently.  He teaches us to live totally for today—don’t look back—don’t worry about tomorrow!  If you need to ask God or someone else to forgive you, do it and start living your day!  Today—this moment—is all you have control over.  What decision do you need to make right now?

            Secondly, today you have the opportunity to put a plan on paper.  Instead of wasting time and energy berating yourself over yesterday’s mistakes, plan a strategy for today.  For example, are you starting your day with prayer and a few moments of scripture reading?  If not, there is a good first point in your strategy!  Do you have a good mentor to talk to?  If not, there is a good second point in your strategy!  My guess is you are smart enough to plan a good strategy for a good life if you will stop wasting energy on “stinkin’ thinkin’” about how bad you are!

Father, you made me, therefore I am good.  Help me to live today with full energy to move in a positive direction.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

1 thought on “Don’t waste time berating yourself; plan a new strategy for today.

  1. Thank you Pastor Ben,
    Give us this day our daily bread. What a great way to start the day.
    So often I forget who I am in Christ.
    I will make it a point to read these postings daily. Thank you for doing this.
    God Bless you Pastor,
    Doug & Cheryl Glaser

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