Life's Journey #1-A Few Good Men - R.Popejoy

(1) Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.– Calvin Coolidge Life's Journey is fraught with anxiety (Mat. 6:30); fear (Mat. 8:26); doubt (Mat. 14:31); and secular discernment (Mat. 16:8), therefore, leaders of the flock of God must posses that type of faith that would remove mountains (Mat. 17:20).
          Life's Journey is fraught with excuses gone wild... "I don't have the money"; I don't know how"; and one of the worst excuses of all, "I don't have the time" (real truth: "It just isn't that important to me"). It's not about money, know how or time - it's about priorities (Mat. 6:33; Jos. 24:15)! Leaders must posses the dignity and integrity of a life well spent in the service of the sheep.
        Life's Journey is fraught with distractions such as the lust of the flesh (what feels good - sensual); the lust of the eyes (what looks good - appealing); and the pride of life (what makes me look good - arrogance, trusting in self). God has called His leaders to something much, much better! We can and must be what God made us to be!
       Life's Journey is fraught with false markers; false signs; false teachers; and false systems of salvation. God gave the world... One Savior: Jesus (Jho. 1:29; 14:6; 1 Tim. 2:5-6); One Society of Salvation: the church of Christ (Eph. 1:22-23; 2:16; 3:9-11; 4:4, 12, 16; 5:32); One Story of Salvation: the faith of the gospel (Mark 16:15-16; Rom. 1:16-17; Eph. 4:5; Phi. 1:27).
        With such a journey as this you would think that it would be easy for leaders to become discouraged - the answer to that inquiry is yes but the spiritual minded leader keeps his focus A FEW GOOD MEN (1) 1 (Heb. 12:1) and with the knowledge that we shall reap in due time, he does not grow weary in well doing (Gal. 6:9). Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.– Calvin Coolidge.
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