Featured in the November, 2005 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
Do you have to be
- Suffering poor health
- In therapy
- Living on pills
- Feeling tired
- Stressed out
- A slave to a bad habit
- Usually discouraged
- Manipulated by others
- Devastated by your past
- Worried about the future?
You can be a normal person!
You can be on top of life instead of being at the bottom. To do this you must take the basic positive Biblical steps necessary to give you a normal, healthy, vibrant life. You must get control of your life. You determine whether you want to be a victim or a victor.
Here are some of the basic steps you must take in order to lead a normal life:
Destination Control. When you are confident of a bright future, your present problems shrink to proper size. You can definitely know you are going to heaven. The apostle Paul confidently stated, “I know whom I have believed and am convinced that He (Jesus) is able to guard that what I have entrusted to Him for that day” (II Timothy 1:12). You need to repent of your sin and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior. The Scripture says, “To all who receive Him (Jesus), to those who believe in His name He gave the right to become the children of God” (John 1:12). When you put your faith in Jesus Christ for salvation you are born again. You get new life, eternal life. A person going to heaven will have a good time on the way.
Thought Control. You must, like the apostle Paul, forget the past (Philippians 3:13). Do not damage today with yesterday’s dark experiences. Do not allow the Devil to discourage you today by getting you to think about the difficulties and failures of the past. Continually follow the Bible’s clear instruction found in Philippians 4:8 for the control of your thought life.
Health Control. To be a normal person, it helps to have a normal body and that means normal care for the body. It is amazing that otherwise intelligent people constantly violate basic health laws and then wonder why they experience fatigue and unnecessary illness. We all know that “bodily exercise profits” (I Timothy 4:8) and brisk walking does not require special clothes, special equipment or a health club membership.
We all know the value of regular meals and a balanced diet.
Adequate rest is always a necessity and when you “flee from sexual immorality” (I Corinthians 6:18), you prevent yourself from getting an assortment of sexually transmitted diseases, including incurable Herpes or fatal AIDS.
Time Control is an absolute essential to living a normal life and being a normal person. This means a careful schedule, which allows you to wisely manage your time and prevent others from stealing it without remunerating you. Phone the church office and request “The Five Keys to Time Management” which will help you get your life organized. Or get the little book, “Managing Your Time” by Ted W. Engstrom.
A sure symptom of mismanagement is the “urgent” overriding the “important”. Another indication of the misuse of time is a failure to observe the first day of the week as the Lord’s Day, rigorously setting it aside for public worship and spiritual purposes.
Money Control. All the experts have told us that more money is not the answer but better management of what we have.
If you do not have money left over at the end of the month, then you need to do some serious budget work. A phone call to the church office will bring to you a helpful “Money Management” worksheet and financial counseling is always available.
It is not normal to be always tired, always stressed, always short of funds, always running out of time, always worried and nervous.
Getting the basics in place can give you a better life.
Perhaps a normal life!