Under Pressure

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Pastor’s Moment: Helen Keller, made a great observation, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
Many times when under pressure, our real character emerges.
Some choose shortcuts, others choose the easier options, but those who value character stick to the research, the fact, the reality and to prayer too.
Sometimes when broke and pressure for bills mounting some choose the loan, instead of reduce expenditure, like move to a cheaper house, drop bread from the budget and many other cost cutting measures.
When faced with the tree dilemma where a snake is on top of the head, a crocodile in the water, a Lion on the ground, most people choose to close their eyes, few think about prayer, yet we have evidence in the bible that even without water Jesus provided it from nowhere, without food God caused Manna to rain and faced with a deadly Red Sea God parted it.
In our dilemma points God is always a last option yet he says Seek Ye First the kingdom of God and the rest shall be added unto you.
The best gym for the mind is character. It is important to be a person who can defend what you say and who is believable.
Most times we sacrifice character for very limited ends.
At all times make sure what you stand for stand out. Even if everyone disagrees but you hold it to be Fact and True stick by it. However, when evidence is tabled to show you are wrong admit and be sorry.
Good character does not mean you do not get it wrong, it means you are willing to admit when you have messed up and work towards correcting it.
One of my favourite bible verses summarizes it all Philippians 4: 8, ” Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about (and do) such things.”
God Bless You and Keep You.