Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Jame 4:14

Life is a vapour, a mist, dew, it is there now and in the next minute is no more. These verses further reiterate it.

For “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, 1 Peter 1:24

My days are like an evening shadow; I wither away like grass. Psalm 102:11

For my days pass away like smoke, and my bones burn like a furnace. Psalm 102:3 ESV

We must all die; we are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again… 2 Samuel 14:14

He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes and comes not again. Psalm 78:39

So what is life?

Dr Myles Munroe said “The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.” and he also said (paraphrased) “To know the purpose of a thing, you ask its creator“. So what is purpose when you don’t know the God that created you

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world (fulfil purpose) but lose your own soul? And how can man be saved? “This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.(Act 4:11-12)”

In tribute to Dr Myles Munroe, I’ll be sharing some of his quotes about life.

The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.
Solid character will reflect itself in consistent behavior, while poor character will seek to hide behind deceptive words and actions.
The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.
Healthy relationships should always begin at the spiritual and intellectual levels – the levels of purpose, motivation, interests, dreams,and personality.

People generally fall into one of three groups: the few who make things happen, the many who watch things happen, and the overwhelming majority who have no notion of what happens. Every person is either a creator of fact or a creature of circumstance. He either puts color into his environment, or, like a chameleon, takes color from his environment.

When purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable
One of the greatest tragedies in life is to watch potential die untapped.
Being open to correction means making ourselves vulnerable, and many people are not willing to do that.
…success is not a comparison of what we have done with what others have done.
We are a sum total of what we have learned from all who have taught us, both great and small.
You must decide if you are going to rob the world or bless it with the rich, valuable, potent, untapped resources locked away within you.
Desire is craving enough to sacrifice for

I’m washed, I’m forgiven, I’m whole, and I’m healed. I’m cleansed and I’m glory bound. I am only a sojourner on the earth. I am but a pilgrim on this planet, on my way to perfection, and I don’t need anybody to tell me who I am, because I know who I am. A child of the King, a son (or daughter) of God, born again through Jesus Christ, bought with the price of His blood. I am a new creation, totally new, thoroughly loved and completely accepted as a child of my Father, precious in His sight.

When we evaluate the rightness or wrongness of actions or behavior, we need to ask ourselves if that behavior will edify—build up—ourselves or someone else, or if it will tear down. The question is not what we can get away with, but what is healthy and edifying. When it is all said and done, are we edified spiritually? Have we been built up and strengthened in our relationship with the Lord or with our spouse, or have we been weakened? Do we come away encouraged or discouraged, confident or filled with a sense of guilt or shame? Is our conscience clean?

God’s will and desire—His pleasure—is that we love Him. We cannot please God unless we love Him. We cannot love Him unless we know Him, and we cannot know Him unless we have faith in Him.

Always we should keep our behaviour or performance separate from our sense of self-worth.
God’s love sets us free from the need to seek approval. Knowing that we are loved by God, accepted by God, approved by God, and that we are new creations in Christ empowers us to reject self-rejection and embrace a healthy self-love. Being secure in God’s love for us, our love for Him, and our love for ourselves, prepares us to fulfill the second greatest commandment: To love our neighbor as ourselves.

Communication is the ability to ensure that people understand not only what you say but also what you mean. It is also the ability to listen to and understand others. Developing both of these aspects of communication takes a lot of time, patience, and hard work.

If we hope to become effective and successful in life, ministry, and especially marriage, we have to learn to be good managers. Stewardship means being accountable to God for every resource under our care. Effective managers do more than simply keep things running; they add value to everything they have responsibility over. Under a good manager, resources will appreciate in value.

Where training and discipline are concerned, short-term pain means long-term gain. It may break our heart to inflict the pain of discipline on our children and to see their tears, but the long-term goal of preparing them to live responsibly as adults justifies the short-term pain of disciplining them while they are young.

God is the source and giver of our prosperity: “But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth” (Deut. 8:18a).
Humility is simply believing and accepting what God says about us, and God says that we are anything but worthless.
Don’t ever make the mistake of telling God that you have nothing to offer. That simply is not true. God does not create any junk.

When we share our sorrow, our sorrow is halved, and when we share our joy, our joy is doubled.

How someone else perceives and understands us depends only 7 percent on what we say, 38 percent on how we say it, and 55 percent on what we are doing when we say it.
Headship is not rulership; it is leadership. As head, the man is to provide spiritual leadership and direction to the family. He is supposed to chart the course. His spiritual temperature should set the climate for his entire house.

We are not to be so concerned about who approves or disapproves of us, but remember that God’s approval is what counts. Those whom God approves are approved indeed.

Proverbs 25:28 says, “Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.” In other words, if we do not control our own lives from the inside, somebody else will control them from the outside.
God never demands anything that He does not provide for. Whatever God commands us to do, He equips us to do

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Heard how Dr Myles Munroe turned down a mouthful offer to stay in America with the Oral Robert University/Ministry after his program there because he was convinced Bahamas (a third world country) was his place.

Thank you Dr Myles for putting National (turned International) purpose over personal and immediate comfort. You have challenged us to die empty by being an example. We celebrate your exit.

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See what else death can teach us in a series titled THE DEATH OF A LOVED ONE.



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