First Baptist Church of Texas CityA message from John Talley:
A few of my favorite sayings are:
“Begin with the end in mind.
(Seven Habits of Highly Effective People)
“If you like it, it’s good.”
“Happiness is a means of travel, not a destination.”
(I read it somewhere…)
“Hope for the best, anticipate the worst, accept whatever happens.” (My golfing philosophy)
Are you known for a saying? Or sayings? The longer you are around someone the more you pick up on those. We all have them! What’s yours? Ask your spouse or best friend if you are unsure. They can tell you!
Two sayings that I use often came up in our Hebrews small group. The first one is “Pray like it depends on God; work like it depends on me.” An evangelist taught me that one. I’ll never forget how it struck me as the perfect balance of trusting God and still doing my part.
“Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18
“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you are working for the Lord rather than for people.” Colossians 3:23
The second is “Seek to understand before seeking to be understood.” I heard a counselor say that one, and it has served me well when I choose to follow it! When you understand a person’s perspective, you can communicate more effectively; and they are more likely to listen because you took the time to understand them. That reminds me of a scene in Blue Bloods where Police Commissioner Reagan is having a heated discussion with his daughter, the Assistant District Attorney. He said, “Are you listening or reloading?”
“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” James 1:19
Marcy and I are watching Season 2 of The Chosen. Their saying is “Come and See.” That would be a good one for us to use with the Easter Invite Card as we talk with friends about church and our Savior!