The content of my weekly blogs is drawn primarily from ancient Hebrew wisdom literature, while the 2020 format was inspired by James Clear’s “3-2-1” Thursdays. Building from my recent book UNBEATABLE! Seven Pillars of Personal Excellence, each week you will receive One Pillar/Proverb, One Principle and One Practical.
“He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him-and he was a Samaritan”-Luke, the Physician
The story is told in Luke’s Gospel of the ten lepers who were cleansed, yet only one returned to give thanks. I can be that way at times, forgetting to show gratitude. Today is a bit easier to remember, though, as I have the joy of a double birthday. May 1st is quite special because it was the day that I was baptized into Christ on my 21st birthday back at Brandon’s Beach, Barbados in 1995. Yes, today I turn both 46 and 25!
Space does not permit me to list everyone who has made my life’s journey memorable and meaningful, so I’ll simply zero in on my most important relationship⸻my walk with the Triune God, in whom the mystery and majesty of community are flawlessly portrayed.
God has been faithful, gracious, reliable, trustworthy, merciful, amazing and sovereign in my life. I am nothing without him. I have chosen to follow his Son, Jesus, because in Christ we find the perfect model of grace and truth, power and poise, holiness and hospitality, humility and conviction. I want to be like him. I desire to keep in step with the Spirit because doing so gives me a chance to grow in my love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Boy, do I need these in ever increasing portions!
Give thanks. Do it today.
To learn more about these pillars of personal excellence, read UNBEATABLE! which is now available on Amazon in print and as an e-book.