Gems From Pastor Jim as of 7/31/2018

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 25:27 Just as it is not good to eat too much honey, it is not good for people to think about all the honors they deserve.

We do it don’t we? We think more highly of ourselves than we ought to. We get caught up in the thinking of the world and believe that we deserve attention and the accolades of others. We see ourselves as inheritantly good and deserving of notice. Some go out of their way to be noticed. Being noticed by others becomes their way of life. It is what defines them as a person.

It is not a good thing when we begin to focus our thoughts on ourselves. It always leads us into areas of pride over our self-worth or it destroys our self-worth because we believe the lie that we are not worth anything because we are not being noticed by anyone.

A much better way to deal with life is to see ourselves positioned in Christ. When we find our worth rooted in a relationship with God, we don’t need the recognition of man. For the child of God, we live for God’s approval. Just to know that God is pleased with us and is waiting for us to go to heaven to be with Him is enough to make life worth the living. It is far better to be approved of by God than it is by man.

The honors received by man are so shallow and fleeting. You may be on the top of the world today and in the gutter tomorrow. The world admires those who rise to the top and stays there. The moment someone stumbles and falls they are judged, discarded and forgotten. Success is everything to the world. It is what gives life meaning to most. Comparing one’s self to others is what the world does. The better one seems to be compared to others, the more self-worth one seems to have.

Keep your focus on pleasing God and you will not have to depend on man’s approval for meaning in life. You will discover how shallow and meaningless life is as it is lived by the world. Success will be measured by how you walk in Christ instead of how you walk in the world.

You will only find soul satisfaction and peace when you live your life in fellowship with Christ Jesus our Lord.

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About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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