Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Joel inspired me today

For quite a long time I made the time each week to listen to Pastor Joel Osteen's message. He is very inspiring and assuring about our lives as God's children and how blessed we are. For a while now I've not taken the time to hear Joel as I felt he got just a bit repetative and not very spiritual. I respect him a great deal but feel he's become an extremely commercial cheer leader.

Today, instead of deleting it automatically, I chose to read his daily devotional and was again inspired. This lesson is one that is most difficult for me, and possibly for many people I know. The moment I read it, however, I wanted to share it with you. So here is my post for today:    Pastor Joel Osteen

TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria

Did you know that when you allow someone else’s words or actions to upset you, you’re allowing them to control you? When you say, “You make me so mad,” you’re really just admitting that their actions have power over you. As long as that person knows they can push your buttons, as long as you keep responding the same way, you are giving them exactly what they want. Sure, people have a right to say and do things that are upsetting, but we also have a right to not get offended. We have a right to overlook their actions. 

In fact, the Bible says that it’s an honor for a man keep “aloof” from strife. In other words, we have to remove ourselves, either physically or emotionally, from strife and offense. It’s not easy, but we can choose to let it roll off of us like water off a duck’s back!

Remember, you don’t need everyone to agree with you all the time. You don’t have to have the approval of others in order to be approved by God. You’re job is to be the person God made you to be, so overlook offenses and strife so you can live in peace and victory all the days of your life!

More later .......


1 comment:

farmhousewife said...

someone once said to me - "letting someone else get the best of you is like playing tug-of-war with them...why don't you just let go of the rope?"

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