In our society we often glorify the people who have a long list of accomplishments after their name. We look up to those who are wealthy, have power, and have achieved what we often times only dream of. Yet what we decline to see is the hard work, the sweat, the tears, the sleepless nights, and the countless failures that usually comes before and with that success. To illustrate, let us take a look at four well-known people who either failed at something or were rejected before they became successful.
The spoken word is a wonderful and a terrible thing because words have power. Your words have power. Proverbs 18:21 says: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” Speech can do extraordinary good and permanent damage. We should all be aware of the power our words hold.
What the Bible Says About Peace:
“Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.” – Psalm 34:14
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” – Isaiah 26:3
We watched the Disney Channel original movie, Princess Protection Program, in 2009 and really enjoyed it because it had a great storyline and taught valuable lessons that we can all learn from. Here are three of them:
Zipping through the skyscrapers of New York, Spider-man comes to save the city from yet another monster villain; while Batman roars through the streets of Gotham to deliver its citizens from a terrifying fear; and Superman flies faster than a speeding bullet to protect his loved ones in Metropolis. But how did the greatest hero of all come? He came as a humble Baby, not only to deliver us from the darkness of sin, fear, and death, but to bring us afterwards into an eternal place of peace and light.
Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known.
– Deuteronomy 11:26-28
When God first created this world, it was peaceful and beautiful. Humans were perfect too, until Adam and Eve disobeyed in the Garden of Eden and plunged our entire race into a hopeless world of disease, chaos, war, and despair. It is for this reason we have so many people who are poor and needy today. As Christians, it is our duty to help those people. Everyone has problems and issues, so it doesn’t matter who they are or what we think of them.
Each and every one of us was made by God to do something great on this earth for Him. It doesn’t matter what it turns out to be, but it’s sure to be something special once we find out what it is we were made to do. It isn’t right to wish to be like someone else. God made everyone different. In their own special way they are important to Him and to other people in this world. Not every kid was made to be a Disney rocker or a Hollywood star.