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“An ant can’t worry about the big blueprint.”

A thought by Brant Hansen (2015-04-14) from his book, Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better (p. 190). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
So what is it that God wants you to do?
Brant says, “Well, the Bible actually singles out a specific, heroic animal species to illustrate how to get things done. If you want to know how to do it, don’t go to the soaring eagle. Don’t go to the impressive, roaring lion, either. God may have a different idea:
Proverbs 6: 6-8 (NCV) says, “Go watch the ants, you lazy person. Watch what they do and be wise. Ants have no commander, no leader or ruler, but they store up food in the summer and gather their supplies at harvest.”
Brant says, “The Bible singles out a species wherein every individual member does whatever needs doing, just by responding to what’s in front of it. An ant can’t worry about the big blueprint. No ant actually has the big picture. If they each do their…

“Because of the inflammation, I’m acutely aware of my right shoulder.”

A thought by Brant Hansen (2015-04-14) from his book, Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better (p. 183). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
So you may ask, how does that thought make a difference in my day today?  My elbow doesn't hurt.  And I’m glad you asked.
Brant says, “Timothy Keller uses the idea of favoring an inflamed joint to make a great point: this is precisely how the human ego works. It ‘hurts’ when it’s inflamed. Sure, it’s always there— everyone’s got an ego— but when it’s oversized, it’s constantly being injured or threatened. When it’s ‘all about me,’ I’m constantly aware of myself, bracing myself for ego injury.”
See, it’s a good thought.Brant goes on, “If you’re constantly being hurt, offended, or angered, you should honestly evaluate your inflamed ego. When you’re humble, you’re not constantly thinking, How do I look? or Am I a success? or What do they think of me? It’s just not…

“We humans can’t save ourselves, but we want to be our own saviors.”

A thought by Brant Hansen (2015-04-14) from his book, Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better (p. 182). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
We are for sure our own worst enemy. Jesus wants to give us life and to have it to the full, he wants to give it to us but we want to do something in there so we can get credit. All he wants from us is to humbly accept it.  That's why he came to earth
But Brant says, “Many of us would rather go down on our own terms than be humble. It’s that simple, and it’s that tragic.”
Earlier he said, “God wants us to accept gifts. It takes humility to do it, which is why kids are so much better than we are at this. No kid balks at a gift. No eight-year-old opens a PlayStation on Christmas morning and says, ‘No— I just can’t. I don’t deserve this. I am unworthy. No. Take it back.’ It takes humility, and accepting the world-saving unfairness of the kingdom is no different. A…