Bro. Tim’s devotional this morning is based on  1Timothy 6:18  That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

The road to hell is paved with good intention, but ultimately it’s our actions that determine the verdict.

This time of the year is often a drive or motivator for big decisions.

People realize that time has a way of quickly slipping away.

Now imagine with me for a second – Let’s just pretend for a moment that you wake up tomorrow morning – it’s now 2018 and you have the capacity to see and hear the whole world’s reaction to the new year. I want to get some input from you. What are some of the cliches that you’d be expecting? (Other than the fact that people will get the date wrong for the first few weeks)

Wow, how time flies??! New Year New Me??!

The realization that life is short is a big driver for good intentions, but not necessarily a driver for good actions. That’s why gym memberships skyrocket, people get engaged, people say that they want to get in shape, they want to quit drinking or smoking, or be a better parent, or take control of their finances again. (There’s nothing wrong with this) However – Intentions vs actions!

Realize that for us, Actions need to be a way of LIFE.

I believe that the way we glorify God is by knowing and living out our God-given purpose through a life of utility and the fruits of the spirit as written out in the New Testament.

Peter Ferdinand Drucker was an Austrian-born American management consultant, educator, and author. 

I hope his conversation with “Jim” will stick with you as it has with me.

“Jim, you keep talking and thinking about survival?(pause)?You will probably survive. You also keep dwelling on success?(pause)?you will probably be successful. (longer pause)?Why don’t you go make yourself useful?

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