Charles F. Stanley

“When you arrive in heaven and stand before the Lord, you will not be rewarded for what you’ve received. You will only be rewarded for what you’ve given.”
—Dr. Charles F. Stanley

I wanted to take the time to write about a godly person who served the Lord. He did so in a way that caught the eyes of many, helped the heart of tons, and taught lessons from all avenues of life. His name is Dr. Charles F. Stanley.

Dr. Charles Stanley died only days ago and when I saw the news, even though he lived to 90 years of age, I was shocked. Although no day is ever promised, Mr. Stanley was one person God had formed that made an impression and aided me on my personal walk with the Lord. While the Holy Spirit is the best of teachers (1 John 2:27), God makes it clear that our duty here is to still be here for one another (1 Corinthians 12:12). That man does not do best alone. All of us in the Body of Christ serve a purpose in the Kingdom and us valuing one another’s gifts I’m sure brings joy to the Lord.

“Time is precious… You don’t know how long it is going to last, so you need to make the most of it.”
—Dr. Charles F. Stanley

I’m just a small fraction of who he has had an impact on but just a few times that he has done so were:

  • In seasons of waiting
  • In curiosity of more knowledge of prayer
  • In everyday morning words of wisdom
  • And more

Personally,  I look forward to meeting him in the next life. He made sure to always remind us of God’s truths and always had an eternal perspective. Thankfully his legacy will still continue on. As long as internet, books, and materials are still readily available and we are still on this first Earth, we can still access Mr. Stanley in many ways. Within the next few weeks I want to do what I call “The Few” approach. I call it The Few approach because it is The Few who inspired my mind to write the way I soon will. The next few blogs will be different things that Dr. Stanley taught me. Hopefully you will be able to look back on him with me and have a renewed outlook while we still have time together. I would love as well, if you loved Dr. Stanley, what did he encourage you with? What kind words do you have to share with us? Leave a comment below, I would love to listen! See you next post, God willing.

Tomorrow’s Worries

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)

Each day has enough trouble of its own. Isn’t that the truth. Today’s struggles are very relevant to this verse today. Concentrating on today’s troubles will benefit me more than worrying about today’s plus about the non existent ones still to come down the road (if they even do).

By focusing so much on them both, will put so much more weight on your shoulders, and it will be very difficult to bear.

“Focus on the step in front of you, not the whole staircase.”

Today, I was told to quarantine for 10 days, because I am not vaxxnated (purposely spelt incorrectly). Yet if I was vaxxnated, I’m sure I’d be allowed to work (I know this because they told me so, not just my assumption). 10 days without pay will be difficult on us for sure. I already stuggle more than before just because my pay is lower than my previous job.

To think God knew where I would be at this time of my life is boggling. It’s something we often forget. We worry but God already knew about it.

“When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond.”
  • What problems are you facing today?
  • Are those problems causing you to fear of things in the future?
  • How can you look at these things with a new perspective, now that you know God saw before it would occur?
  • How will you respond?

“casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
(1 Peter 5:7, KJV)

I am defeated

“To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” (Proverbs 21:3, ESV)

I feel defeated. What do I do?

As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.”
2 Timothy 4:5

Reading in 2 Timothy this morning I noticed something. Whether the timing for us is favorable OR unfavorable we should still be proclaiming God’s message.

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:30-31

Every one, no matter the age, goes through rough waters. We all have seasons of weariness and doubts. Yet what is important during the fight is to keep striving, even if we feel like we can’t. Even if we lose the sense of purpose. We are urged to to endure this suffering. Urge sounds pretty urgent,  persistent,  important. Doesn’t it?

He doesn’t just urge us, but solemnly urges. This is with deep sincerity. God isn’t just trying to pump you up or motivate you, but instead genuinely strengthen you and show His consistent faithfulness.

Our Father has more faith in us than we do ourselves. Proclaim the message. Keep the faith.  People will always do their way, everyone has a choice, yet, You as a child of God have a mission. You have a direct order from the Commander in Chief Jesus Christ. Carry out your ministry…fully!

Finish the race.

“From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:8, NRSV)

The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
(2 Timothy 4:18)