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By Katherine Kehler

“That Day will appear with fire, and the fire will test everyone’s work to show what sort of work it was. If the building that has been put on the foundation still stands, the builder will get a reward. But if the building is burned up, the builder will suffer loss. The builder will be saved, but it will be as one who escaped from a fire.â€? 1 Corinthians 3:11-12

We had been at the office of our accountant and signed our annual tax papers. Whew! Another year was taken care of.  As we were putting the past  year’s boxes of papers away, we realized that we should get rid of  the old financial and ministry boxes we had been saving.  After all, we really only needed to keep them for seven years and some were dated back to 1995. 

So we carried the old plastic boxes into the garage.  And then I started sorting through all the papers. 

As I went through each box, I thought, “Each one of these boxes represents one whole year of work – 365 days of buying and selling, investing, Real Estate papers from moving, ministry projects started and done, statistics and results of those projects and much more.�

I felt quite sad realizing that these plastic boxes contained the paper work for all we had done during those years. And now they were going into garbage bags and would be shredded or burned.

Then the wonderful thought came to me,
                   “Only one life; will soon be past;
                    Only what’s done for Christ will last.�

That thought was very encouraging!  Our work was not all for nothing. On that Day, when God will judge our works—what really has eternal value—there will much that will not be burned. He knows how much of our work was done with eternity in our hearts and minds.

But that same day, the Lord reminded me that even during these years when we are slowing down a bit because our energy level is not what it used to be, we still need to make each day count for eternity. 

We have a pile of ashes in our backyard now–where we burned papers from several years.  Yes, a good lesson from plastic filing boxes. Make eternal values a priority.

Father, thank you for bringing this to our attention. Only what is done for Christ will last. And although Marvin and I are slowing down a little, don’t let us become couch potatoes.  Help us to do what counts for eternity—every day. Amen. 

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Katherine J. Kehler, an innovator, entrepreneur and writer has launched and developed many successful ministries and websites.
Together with her husband, Marvin, Katherine directs Thoughts about God

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By Dr. Bill Bright

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7, KJV)

Some years ago, a young college graduate came to me for counsel concerning God’s will for his life. “How can I know what God wants me to do?” he asked.

Briefly, I explained a helpful approach to knowing the will of God: following what I call the “sound mind principle” of Scripture.

In less than an hour, by following the suggestions contained in this principle, this young man discovered what he had been seeking for years. He discovered not only the work which God wanted him to do but also the organization and manner in which he was to serve our Lord. Today he is serving Christ as a missionary in Africa, where he and his wife are touching the lives of thousands throughout the entire continent.

What is this “sound mind principle“? This verse refers to a well-balanced mind – a mind that is under the control of the Holy Spirit. It involves the practice of determining God’s wisdom and direction through use of your mind saturated with God’s Word, instead of relying only on emotional impressions. Though God often leads us through impressions, He generally expects us to use our “sound minds.”

For example, when you have an important decision to make, take a sheet of paper, list all the positive and negative factors. Then consider what God’s Word has to say about the matter – directly or indirectly. Be sure you are controlled by the Holy Spirit, then make your decision on the basis of what seems obvious, unless God specifically leads you to the contrary.

Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2, KJV).

Bible Reading: 2 Timothy 1:8-12

Today’s Action Point:

In every major decision I face today, I will apply the sound mind principle to determine God’s will in the matter, unless God specifically and supernaturally leads me to do something else which is also consistent with Scripture.

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Dr. Bill Bright

As the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, along with his wife, Vonette, Dr. Bright established one of the most successful evangelistic movements in the world – resulting in more than 4 billion exposures to the Gospel of Jesus Christ since 1951.

On July 19th, 2003 at the age of 81, Dr. Bill Bright went home to be with the Lord.

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