>This says so very much about the gospel in very few words. Think/pray this through a couple times:
“This is my confession:
I was born into a believing family through no merit of my own at all.
I was given a mind to think and a heart to feel through no merit of my own at all.
I was brought into the hearing of the gospel through no merit of my own at all.
My rebellion was subdued, my hardness removed, my blindness overcome, and my deadness awakened through no merit of my own at all.
Thus I became a believer in Christ through no merit of my own at all.
And so I am an heir of God with Christ through no merit of my own at all.
Now when I put forward effort to please the Lord who bought me, this is to me no merit at all, because…it is not I, but the grace of God that is with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10)
…God is working in me that which is pleasing in his sight. (Hebrews 13:21)
…he fulfills every resolve for good by his power. (2 Thessalonians 1:11)
And therefore there is no ground for boasting in myself, but only in God’s mighty grace.Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:31)”
I know we are in Michael Jackson overkill, but this is pretty phenomenal stuff; no, he wasn’t one of my campers last week…but it would be cool if he would be one day!
Here’s his methodology of choosing:
“My way is to divide half a sheet of paper by a line into two columns; writing over the one Pro and over the other Con. Then during three or four days’ consideration, I put down under the different heads short hints of the different motives, that at different time occur to me, for or against the measure. When I have thus got them altogether in one view, I endeavor to estimate their respective weights; and where I find two, one on each side, that seem equal, I strike them both out. If I judge some two reasons con equal to some three reasons pro, I strike out five; and thus proceeding, I find where the balance lies; and if after a day or two of further consideration, nothing new that is of importance occurs on either side, I come to a determination accordingly.” –Benjamin Franklin
Didn’t know I was copying Ben, but I’ve kinda done that in the process of decisions. Another way that I heard, but don’t remember from who, is to ask, when about to embark on a made decision:
A. What’s the best that can happen?
B. What’s the worst that can happen?
C. Can I live with “B”?