Dear friends, Lately I’ve been dwelling on the words of Jesus in John 10:10 ‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.’ (NIV) ‘Life abundantly.’ ‘Life to the full.’ ‘A rich and satisfying life.’ ‘In all its fullness.’ What …Read More
Dear friends, Like many people, I’ve been thinking a lot about the drought. It is affecting so many, like Vision radio listeners Jeffrey and Tricia Agar—they’ve been in drought for six years: ‘We have a sheep, wool and cattle station in SW Queensland. We are waiting on a knife’s edge for the healing, drought-breaking, dam-filling, …Read More
Dear friends, Thanks for reading this letter—it’s simply to ask a small favour. As you know, Vision connects the true hope of God’s Word to Aussies each day through broadcast, print and digital media. We’re able to do it through the generous support of people like you. We’re really thankful for everyon’es support, but it’s …Read More
Hello there! It’s amazing how much of a difference it makes when you have a friend walking with you through life—helping you see things differently and keep focus on what is most important. That is how readers often describe The Word for Today – as a friend helping you through the day, focusing your thoughts …Read More
Dear friends, In recent months, two of the most influential men of our time gave gone to meet their maker—Billy Graham and Hugh Heffner. Surprisingly, they had a few things in common: Both were born into Christian homes Both passed away in their 90s Both have left different legacies that will live on for generations …Read More
‘If you follow this advice, and if God commands you to do so, then you will be able to endure the pressures.’ Exodus 18:23 NLT
A good general knows it’s a mistake to try and fight on too many fronts at once; that when you’re ‘spread out so thin’ you’re vulnerable! And the same is true in life. To avoid undue stress, you must refuse to let every little thing upset you. In other words, choose your battles wisely. Don’t make mountains out of molehills.
Before you devote time, energy, and emotion to an issue, ask yourself how important it is, and how much of your time, effort, and energy is appropriate. Try to discern what really matters and focus on those things. Learn the difference between major matters and minor matters.
Moses was becoming exhausted because he personally handled every problem, dispute, and crisis that arose among the Israelites. Perhaps he thought he had to do so, since he was the leader of the nation. But his father-in-law said to him, in essence, ‘You take care of the big things and leave the small stuff to someone else.’ He went on to say, ‘“If you follow this advice, and if God commands you to do so, you will be able to endure the pressures”…Moses listened to his father-in-law’s advice and followed his suggestions.’ (Exodus 18:23–24 NLT)
Stop and think about it: your life already has plenty of stress and strain, so why add more if you can avoid it? When you’re tempted to take on a ‘battle’, step back and decide if it’s worth it and what it will require from you. Don’t go to war when there are no spoils.
SoulFood: Acts 16–17, Matt 10:1–10, Ps 140, Pro 16:3
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2019