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I have been thinking about how, for the most part, so many of the great men
I have been thinking about how, for the most part, so many of the great men and women of God mentioned in the Bible were just simple people who put their trust in the Lord and tried to live a righteous life honestly before Him. Of course some did great exploits, for God called them to such things. But, for many, that which God called them to was to live and walk with Him.

It has taken much of my life to realize that one does not need to hit a home run every at bat, lead a ministry with one’s name on it, author a kazillion books or have a hundred thousand friends on a social networking site to be living in the center of God’s will. Far too many times God’s people have been seduced into believing they must be doing something spectacular or they are doing nothing for God.

The greatest thing we can do with and in this life is to pursue Godliness while walking in the love of God. See, the honest pursuit of Godliness is indeed the fulfillment of the first and great commandment which is to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. Walking in love is the fulfillment of the second great commandment which is to love your neighbor as yourself.

Whatever we must do to drive worldly distractions out of our minds should be one of our highest priorities. With all our heart and soul we should seek to know and understand God more and in so doing, love Him with all our hearts. With all of our strength, we should seek to practice the principles of love laid out in the Word of God toward each other.

Life does not have to be so complicated it takes 25 degrees to figure it out. Life can be very simple if we choose to put away all the junk this world says we need to be happy, healthy and wise. Everything in this world is designed to drive us away from God while building distrust and hatred toward each other. This is why we must put off this world and live IN it but not be OF it.

If there is one section in the Bible I try with all my heart to live by, it is 1 Timothy 2:1-3:

I exhort therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men ,

2 for kings and for all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty .

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior

With all my heart I try to pray for all men and especially those in authority. With all my heart I seek to live a QUIET and PEACEABLE life in all GODLINESS and HONESTY. Why? Because this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.

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Kirk M is a retired minister living with his wife and animals in rural eastern Missouri
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Published: Nov 23 2012 03:31:17am

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K Reynolds+ (@kreynolds)

When I was teaching school, sometimes I would have a child decide on their own that they needed to spend their time doing something else. Now, when you first read that sentence, you probably automatically assumed I meant that they were "goofing off" but many times, they weren't. Surprisingly, the things they were doing were in themselves "good things". They might decide to straighten up the books, clean the whiteboard, take around the wastebasket, help someone with their work, etc. These weren't bad things. The problem was, they weren't doing what they were supposed to be doing. Though their intentions were good, I wasn't happy with their actions. They weren't being obedient. They weren't doing what I had asked them to do. Often times, they did not understand why I was having them do a certain task but I knew. Eventually, they would understand. They would see the pieces all come together and say, "Oh! That's why you said to do..."

May we all simply strive to be obedient and do what God has asked us to do.


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Norman Carter (@norman)

I stood outside my back door tonight, and looked at the wonder of the clear sky, bright moon and the uncountable stars. I was minded to reflect that God gave me that moment and for that I praise him. It wasn’t complicated nor grand, but at that profound moment it was God and I in simple communion and praise. Great thoughtful blog, May God bless and keep you

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