March 29, 2018

I found myself in a conversation recently where a situation arose in which an individual was challenged with something in their life. This person has been looking for solutions to resolve their concerns over the last number of months. Each time this topic comes up, I have suggested a specific process that will address every aspect of the challenge and provide a full solution. The issue with my recommendation is, it is not a quick fix. It is a tried and proven, 100% guaranteed answer, but it takes time and effort to implement.

Had my recommendation been acted upon the first time I suggested it, this person would be well down the road to the resolution they are looking for. This started me thinking about the very first basic concept taught by one of my mentors a number of years ago. That concept is, “Who do you listen to?” Does the person have what you want and did they come from where you are?

This is a very basic life principle, but for many people is a huge challenge, because they want to follow the concept presented by Frank Sinatra about doing things, “My way.” As Dr. Phil often asks, “How’s that working for you?”

This is a consideration for us not just within the material world, but also the spiritual realm. We must make a decision whether we will live life our way, or God’s way. Hebrews 4:14-16 reminds us, “Therefore since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. {15} For we do not have a high priest incapable of sympathizing with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sin. {16} Therefore let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace whenever we need help.” Who will you listen to?

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