A Thought For Today

June 25
God, thank You for loving me just as I am.

June 26
It is He who saved us and chose us for His holy work, not because we deserved it but because it was His plan.
2 Timothy 1:9 TLB

June 27
Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure: where your treasure, there your heart; where your heart, there your happiness.
Saint Augustine

June 28
Jesus, help me to have the same healthy self-esteem that You had when You lived on earth.

June 29
The best advertisement of a workshop is first-class work. The strongest attraction to Christianity is a well-made Christian character.
Theodore L.Cuyler

June 30
Whatever gifts and abilities He gave you, He needs you to be at work in His world and His kingdom. No one else can do what he designed you for in the same way you can.
Mary Hollingsworth

July 1
"Even I, the Son of man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many."
Matthew 20:28 NLT

July 2
For anything worth having, one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice--no paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service.
John Burroughs

July 3
Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man's own will.
Saint Thomas Aquinas

July 4
The habit of virtue cannot be formed in the closet; good habits are formed by acts of reason in a persevering struggle with temptation.
Bernard Gilpin

July 5
You are uniquely created to fit in the special you-shaped space God formed in His world.
Mary Hollingsworth

July 6
That doesn't mean you should all look and speak and act the same. Out of the generosity of Christ, each of us is given his own gift.
Ephesians 4:7 MSG

July 7
To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

July 8
Just as water will eventually wear away stone, the ability to keep going in the end will accomplish great things.

July 9
We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.
Oswald Chambers

July 10
God's desire for fellowship with me is so great that He did the unthinkable: He put His holy, beloved Son through the agony of crucifixion.

July 11
"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."
Matthew 5:16 NASB

July 12
When I am employed in serving others, I do not look upon myself as conferring favors but paying debts.
Benjamin Franklin

July 13
True repentance hates the sin, and not merely the penalty; and it hates the sin most of all because it has discovered and felt God's love.
William M. Taylor

July 14
The Bible is to us what the star was to the wise men; but if we spend all our time in gazing upon it, observing its motions, and admiring its splendor, without being led to Christ by it, the use of it will be lost to us.
Thomas Adams

July 15
Biblical self-esteem takes the spotlight off me and puts it on Jesus.

July 16
"Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant."
Mark 10:43 NIV

July 17
Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there.
Phillips Brooks

July 18
When Mother Teresa received her Nobel Prize, she was asked, "What can we do to promote world peace?" She replied, "Go home and love your family."

July 19
The private and personal blessing we enjoy, the blessings of immunity, safeguard, liberty, and integrity, reserve the thanksgiving of a whole life.
Jeremy Taylor

July 20
My job is to learn what God wants me to do for Him.

July 21
Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.
1 Corinthians 4:2 NKJV

July 22
To serve God is the deliberate love-gift of a nature that has heard the call of God.
Oswald Chambers

July 23
Preach the gospel at all times, and when necessary use words.
Saint Francis of Assisi

July 24
Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully.
Phillips Brooks

July 25
Given our personal talents and abilities, we must decide what we are to do with our lives. Whatever we choose, the point is that we are to serve God with our lives, to put Him and His Kingdom first.

July 26
Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of Himself.
Philippians 2:5 MSG

July 27
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
Helen Keller

July 28
The mother is like God's love; He loves us not because we are lovable, but because it is His nature to love, and because we are His children.
Earl Riney

July 29
Many favors which God gives us ravel out for want of hemming through our unthankfulness; for though prayer purchases blessings, giving praise keeps the quiet possession of them.
Thomas Fuller

July 30
Because Christ gave Himself for us, the very least we can do for Him is to offer our lives in gratitude, to be used as He sees fit.

July 31
Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility.
1 Peter 5:5 NKJV

August 1
If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of me.
Dwight L. Moody

August 2
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:31 

August 3
Children have more need of models than of critics.
Joseph Joubert

August 4
The strength and happiness of a man consists in finding out the way in which God is going, and going in that way, too.
Henry Ward Beecher

August 5
God doesn't ask us to bring just our talents and abilities and all the "good" things in our lives to Him. He asks us to bring everything in our lives--every part of us--and offer ourselves a living sacrifice for Him to use as He desires.

August 6
"Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live."
Mark 8:35 TLB

August 7
I do not pray for a lighter load, but for a stronger back.
Phillips Brooks

August 8
The surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.
Martin Luther King Jr.

August 9
The richest pearl in the Christian's crown of graces is humility.
John M. Good

August 10
I'm convinced that only in heaven will we know the unseen ways in which God has used us to bless those around us and accomplish His purposes.

August 11
Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.
Galatians 4:7 NASB

August 12
Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.
Washington Irving

August 13
Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.
Thomas Paine

August 14
Dear Father, thank You that I can simply relax and trust you to work  everything out according to Your plan.

August 15
When you give your life to Jesus, He will be part of your heart. And His voice within you will call out to God.

August 16
See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God.
1 John 3:1 NASB

August 17
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.
Cherokee Expression

August 18 
What a relief to simply let go of my need to do everything perfectly and instead just do everything for You, Lord!

August 19
As a Christian should do no injury to others, so should he forgive the injuries others do to him. This is to be like God, who is a good-giving and a sin-forgiving God.
Ralph Venning

August 20
Because life often brings drastic changes, each of us needs a solid, unchangeable foundation for feeling worthwhile.

August 21
So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.
Hebrews 2:1 NLT

August 22
It is not length of life, but depth of life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

August 23
Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Saint Francis of Assisi

August 24
Thou shalt show us wonderful things in Thy righteousness, O God of our salvation; Thou that art the hope of all the ends of the earth, and of them that remain in the broad sea.
Psalm 65:5

August 25
Because God recognizes you as a person of value and worth, you can recognize yourself as one made in His image, important and worthwhile.

August 26
My life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned to me by the Lord Jesus--the work of telling others the Good News about God's wonderful kindness and love.
Acts 20:24 NLT

August 27
A good example is far better than a good precept.
Dwight L. Moody

August 28
Through the ages, no nation has had a better friend than the mother who taught her child to pray.
Author Unknown

August 29
If gratitude is due from children to their earthly parent, how much more is the gratitude of the great family of men due to our Father in heaven.
Hosea Ballou

August 30
The best way you can protect yourself from a personal crisis is to base your sense of self-worth primarily on the one source that does not change: God.

August 31
Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 19:21 NIV

September 1
Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks.
Charles Dickens

September 2
Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.
Saint Augustine

September 3
The more we depend on God, the more dependable we find He is.
Cliff Richards

September 4
It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

September 5
You are a work of art that God is creating, an exquisite work of craftmanship and beauty.

September 6
"But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
Joshua 24:15 NKJV

September 7
We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining--they just shine.
Dwight L. Moody

September 8
for you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps.
1 Peter 2:21 NASB

September 9
Pray, and let God worry.
Martin Luther

September 10
My job is to "press toward the mark" of God's purpose for me and to leave the rest to Him.

September 11
I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be.
Philippians 3:12 NLT

September 12
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing was a miracle. The other is as if everything is.
Albert Einstein

September 13
The highest attainment, as well as enjoyment of the spiritual life, is to be able at all times and in all things to say, "Thy will be done."
Tyron Edwards

September 14
Character is a diamond that scratches every other stone.
Cyrus A. Bartol

September 15
Before I know it, I'm depending on my talents or my natural abilities, my relationships, and my possessions for my worth. Lord, please remind me again and again that time will change all these things--but You will never change.

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