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|They dont really matter! Right?|
So what do we do? How do we keep from getting our life out of whack without falling into legalism, pride, and perfectionism? Id like to suggest the 3M approach!
ModelJesus is our ultimate model, but we also want to find good Christians who are mature and reflect Jesus in their lives. If well look to them, ask them questions, and follow their example, then well find ourselves in a better position to keep our life in proper focus and in balance. (Check out 1 Corinthians 4:17; 11:1; Philippians 3:17; 4:9; Hebrews 13:7-8)
MentorMake ourselves accountable to someone we respect as a mature Christian. While it may take some time to find this mentor, its worth it. Prayerful waiting until the Lord leads us to the right person is an investment worth making. As we mature and age, our time to fill the role of mentor for someone else will come. Just as Barnabas mentored Paul and Paul mentored Timothy and Titus, we are to either be mentored or be a mentor. (Check out 2 Timothy 2:1-2) But first, we need to prayerfully search out a mentor for us.
MissionSeriously take time to work on our own personal mission statement. Then we can live our life by the priorities necessary to carry out that mission. God has put each of us here for a reason. He has a plan for each of our lives. (Psalm 139:13-16) Our goal in life must be to live out the work God has given us to do. Being reminded of that mission helps us keep the rest of our lives in balance. Jesus lived this way. How can do less and expect to live for God? (Check out Mark 1:35-38; Luke 19:10; John 17:4)
While we want to be patient with others, we dont want to tolerate sloppiness and irresponsibility in ourselves by excusing what is wrong simply because its only off a little bit. God longs to help us become more like Jesus with the power of his Holy Spirit. Lets not settle for being just a little bit off!
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