The 4 C’s of life for ’08


Published: Thursday, January 3, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at 4:30 p.m.

Have you found that as you grow older, time speeds up and the seasons of life seems to fly by.

Another year is once again upon us and 2007 is gone, leaving questions to be answered, such as, ‘‘what have I accomplished? Have I been a good steward of the time God has given me? Can I do better with the time I have left?’’

Let me suggest that you practice the four C’s of life in 2008, which will guarantee your accomplishments, help you to be a wise steward, as well as increase the effective use of your time in 2008.

Commitment. Be committed to building a relationship with God by prayer, reading/studying His word, attending church regularly, and doing those things consistent with the lifestyle of a Christian in order to follow the Lord wholeheartedly. (1 Peter 1:13-16, Hebrews 10:25 and 2 Timothy 2:15)

Compassion/Caring. Try to show love toward others by your actions rather than by your words alone. (Galatians 5:22-23, James 2: 14-19 and 1 John 4: 20-21)

Consistency. Be consistent in your relationship with the Lord, thereby being consistent in your relationship with others by not saying one thing and doing something altogether different, with unwavering faith in God. (Colossians 2:6-7, Colossians 3:17, 1 Corinthians 15:58, Ephesians 3:14-20 and James 1:21-25)

Choices. Make good and sound choices in your daily decisions and relationships, choices that will draw you closer to the Lord and not away from him.

Make your choices consistent with the teachings of the Bible and those of a born-again Christian believer, knowing that making good choices will help you build a better life and future for yourself and those you love. (Proverbs 3:31, James 1:22-23 and Joshua 24:15)

The Rev. David Middlebrooks is the pastor of Harvest Baptist Ministries, located at 1922 E. University Ave. Pastors of all denominations are urged to submit columns. All topics will be accepted. E-mail columns to news@gainesvilleguardian.com. For more information, call (352) 337-0360.

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