Perspectives

How does one interpret this: “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. (1 Peter 3:3, 4 NIV) It may sound quietly self explanatory however, it’s noted that a gentle and quiet spirit is of great worth in God’s sight. Is gentleness or quietness even on your “to do” list better yet the “to be” list?

What are your personal goals? Is this your “to do” list?

1. Weight loss
2. Education
3. More leisure time
4. Marriage
5. Higher pay
6. Seeking new opportunity for growth
7. More assertive
8. New Job
9. Travel

What about the “to be” list

1. Kinder
2. Humble
3. More self control
4. Patient
5. Loving
6. Content
7. Trusting
8. Faithful

Which of the two lists do you think mean more to God? Which of the these mean more to you? Can you have/do them both? Some will suggest that its possible to have aspects of both since we are told to “occupy”, and striking a healthy balance between them is a task most often disregarded. In reality only you and Jesus can reason together about what your eternal and present priorities should look like. One thing is certain, before the end you will choose and at the end God will choose – will you choose each other?

One thought on “Perspectives

  1. What seems to matter to us now, really has no bearing on eternity except our character. The problem is that forever seems to be a long time away and right now is.. well now. Money and material things leisure time are all attractive to us because we live in a material world. A major paradigm shift is needed to focus on what God wants for us. It’s coming soon!

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