Paul’s Perseverence

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This is a Lifeway Bible Study I get daily.  This one really struck me because I love Paul so much.  I love his story and how much he seems just like us.  Read ahead for some biblical enlightenment.

Read Ahead: Philippians 3:3-10

I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Philippians 3:8, HCSB

What matters to you more than anything else?

* Your family? Your friends?

* Your reputation? Your health?

* Your grades? Your achievements?

These are all good things. They should matter to you. But there’s one thing that should come before any of these–knowing Christ.

Before Paul was a Christian, he placed high importance on who he was and where he came from. He took great pride in his pure Jewish heritage, his excellent education, and his flawless behavior. His reputation in the community was everything to him.

Then he met Christ, and everything that used to be on the top of his priority list fell to the bottom. Once he experienced Christ, nothing else could come close! From the moment of his conversion, Paul sent everything else but Christ to the back of the line. As far as Paul was concerned–compared to the value of knowing Christ–everything in his life was as worthless as garbage.

Is knowing Christ that important to you? No one is asking you to stop loving your family, to hate your friends, or to harm your body. But knowing Christ more intimately should be the first item on your priority list. When you choose to place him first in your life, you’ll see everything else in its proper perspective.   You can sign up to receive this Lifeway devotional at this link.

What does this kind of attitude mean in practical terms, in day-to-day life?

Read Up: 1 Timothy 1:12-17, 2 Timothy 2:8-13

This devotional is courtesy of TQ.

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I am a mom of one 10 year old and stepmother to three wonderful adults; ages 20, 23 and 25. The youngest child is just beginning Fifth grade at Ashland Elementary in the Gifted/Quest program. She enjoys playing violin, archery and everything scientific. Mary Stewart is beginning her last year of medical school at Case Western in Cleveland. She and her fiancé, Franklin, plan to marry next June! Charles Morgan just graduated from the College of Charleston and will be beginning Post-Baccalaureate work next month. Betsy is living the college dream at Ole Miss in Oxford studying Business and the most fun ways to party. She plans to take the LSAT next summer! We are very blessed in the family department. My husband is a lawyer specializing in Intellectual Property, computer and entertainment law. We are in the eighth year since starting our own business, Montague Law PLLC. I have the title Operational Manager which means the administrative end of the business (yuk) and now some new and fun work on the firm's website. We live in Lexington, KY or as many know it – horse country. Everything around here is horse-themed and it is a very beautiful area to live in and raise a family. I have many interests that span art, sciences, education, books, computer science and security and one of my greatest passions is design. One of my favorite blogs is Grace Bonney’s Design Sponge. I like living the simple life, spending time with my family and reading and writing about my interests in my blog. One of my hopes in developing this blog is to share with you the many things I enjoy so that you may enjoy them too. I love sharing cool information with people who appreciate it. I like pinning on Pinterest, keeping track of my high school friends, college friends and family on Facebook and don’t tell anyone, but I sometimes re-shelve books at the library because I enjoy it.

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