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“Too often we want to compartmentalize our lives.”

A thought by Craig Groeschel (2015-10-27) from his book, #Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World (p. 207). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
This is such a good thought to focus on as we end 2015 and start 2016.
Craig says, “We’re tempted to think we’re okay because we do the church thing on Sundays. Then during the week, we do the work thing, and on the weekends, we do our own thing. But in reality, because our lives belong to God, everything we do should be God things. Everything.”
Here is what Paul said in the New Testament and he said it clearly, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col. 3: 17).
Craig continues, “He should be first in all we do. If we’re watching television, going to the grocery store, studying for an exam, asking someone out on a date, updating our Facebook status, or tweeting about our latest business deal…

“It’s time to stop making excuses and start getting well.”

A thought by Craig Groeschel (2015-10-27) from his book, #Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World (p. 201). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
I don’t know how you are finishing this year and what you are carrying into the new year.Is it the same thing that you started 2015 with?Craig gives some great advice.Oh I know.My dad used to say that advice not asked for stinks.I know that can be true.But this thought could make all the difference in the new year ahead.Here it is, “It’s time to stop making excuses and start getting well.”That is very good stuff.
Over in John 5:8-9 we find Jesus looking at a crippled man and He said to him, “‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’ At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.”Maybe that is what he is saying to you at the end of 2015.
Craig said, “Jesus didn’t heal the man a month later; it happened immediately. In the same way, when you surrender this challenge to Jesus, he…

“You cannot change what you are willing to tolerate.”

A thought by Craig Groeschel (2015-10-27) from his book, #Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World (p. 198). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
That is the truth!
Back a few years ago I got tired of weighing 260 lbs. so I with God's help did something about it and I went through a slow process of losing 50 lbs.That was great.But I have slowly gained 25 lbs. back and I know that I cannot change until I’m not willing to tolerate the weight gain and do something about it.Do you have anything in your life that you are tolerating?
Craig says, “If you just sort of don’t like it, the problem won’t go away. Not ever. If you’re willing to put up with it, things will never be different. You have to get to the point where you’re no longer afraid of what you might miss out on. You have to refuse to miss out on what— and who— is right in front of you.”
He goes on, “Addictions are rarely easy to overcome. But God will start the healing …