Guest Article By Dr. Heinz Lycklama
Lessons Learned in Life
“If there is no God, nothing matters.
If there is a God, nothing else matters.”
- Love the Lord Your God (Matt. 22:37) – Accepting Christ as your Lord and Savior is the most important decision of your life – in the end only where you spend eternity matters.
- Love your neighbor (Matt. 22:39) – God has given each of us different gifts – treasures, talents and time. Use your God-given gifts to reach outside yourself to help others God puts in your path and who are less fortunate than you are.
- Spend time in God’s Word (Ps. 119:148) – You will gain much wisdom from studying His Word and reflecting on it.
- Know what you believe (1 Pet. 3:15) – Know what you believe, why you believe, and be ready to defend what you believe.
- Join a local body of believers (Heb. 10:25) – You will grow in your faith by regular fellowship with fellow believers.
- Be salt and light (Matt. 5:13-16) – Live and share your life, values and faith with others.
- Be an Ambassador (2 Cor. 5:20) – As Christ’s Ambassador be sure your walk matches your talk.
- Spend time with family – God has placed you in your family for a reason.
- Develop a circle of Godly friends (Prov. 12:26; 18:24) – Your friends will provide you support during difficult times in your life.
- If you plan to marry, marry a believer (2 Cor. 6:14-15) – Do not be unequally yoked. Choose wisely. It’s for the rest of your life.
- Seek God’s wisdom (Prov. 3:5-6) – Before making an important decision, pray for wisdom, strength and discernment, and seek the advice of mature believers and friends.
- Set goals for your life (Luke 14:28) – Decide on a career for your life and pursue it. You need to be flexible and willing to change careers if circumstances require that.
- Plan your education – Execute your plans while still young. Your life will always be a time of learning new things so that you can take advantage of new opportunities.
- Develop a habit of reading – You will learn much from reading books, articles and essays. They will stretch you and give you new ideas and different things to explore.
- Redeem the time (Eph. 5:16) – Use your time wisely. Have a purpose in what you do.
- Be thankful (1 Th. 5:18) – You have much to be thankful for (food, health, shelter, family, friends.) Sometimes the glass may look “half empty”; be thankful for the “half full” part.
- Live within your means – Stay out of debt. Don’t buy what you can’t afford.
- Have some fun – Take time to enjoy God’s Creation and people God brings into your life.
- Try something “outside the box” – You may be surprised where God leads you.
- Expect failures – Some things will not work out the way you planned. Pick yourself up, learn from your experience and/or mistakes, and go on to something else.
- Expect the unexpected (Rom. 8:28) – Things will happen to you when (and that) you least expect. God has a purpose for everything even though you may not understand at the time.
- Keep a positive attitude (Phil. 4:4-8) – Don’t be discouraged by your circumstances. This too shall pass. What will set you apart is how you deal with your circumstances.
Heinz and Gerda Lycklama
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