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“Order communicates priority.”

A thought by Chris Hodge from his book, The Daniel Dilemma: How to Stand Firm and Love Well in a Culture of Compromise (Kindle Locations 2883). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the book title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Earlier Chris said, “The secret to focusing on first things is maintaining order, keeping our priorities in the right sequence. Our perspective on order determines our capacity.”
He later says, “One of my favorite illustrations of this principle came from a business seminar I attended in Colorado many years ago. It made a huge impact on me, so I often include it whenever I teach on the way order influences the rest of our lives. I take two gallon-sized glass jars and fill one about three-quarters full with the little gravel that goes into aquariums. Then I’ll have about seven or eight big rocks at least the size of my fist or larger.
“The gravel represents all the ‘little things’ in our day—texting, shopping, waiting in line at Starbucks, watching TV, or…
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“Anytime you think you have more of something than you need, you tend to waste it.”

A thought by Chris Hodge from his book, The Daniel Dilemma: How to Stand Firm and Love Well in a Culture of Compromise (Kindle Locations 2832). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the book title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Here is another important thought that is good to come to grip with at the beginning of 2018.
Chris says, “When we realize that our days are numbered, then we realize the need to make them count. Only following God and living for him provides the kind of deep significance we crave and were created to enjoy.”
He goes on, “If we lived with the truth that we have a finite amount of time, a limited number of days, then we would make better decisions. Anytime you think you have more of something than you need, you tend to waste it. It’s just the logic of human nature. If you have plenty of food in your pantry, cupboard, and fridge, it’s hard to imagine being hungry. If there’s lots of money in your bank account, then you feel like you’ll always have enough. B…

“We can’t blame the Father when we end up in a pigpen!”

A thought by Chris Hodge from his book, The Daniel Dilemma: How to Stand Firm and Love Well in a Culture of Compromise (Kindle Locations 2544). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the book title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
But so many time we do, don’t we?
Chris says, “When we walk away from God, we leave the safety of God. He will let us, because he loves us enough to give us free will. But when we choose to leave his protection, we open ourselves up to all kinds of things. He doesn’t create tragedy and instigate problems—we do. The miracle is that he’s willing to use the consequences of our sin to draw us back to him and into the safety of his arms.”
He says, “So when we find ourselves in the midst of such chaos, what do we do? The same thing we do when we’re driving and realize we’ve lost our way. The same solution we use when we’re hiking and discover we’re no longer on the right path. We turn around and seek the right direction. We turn away from the wrong direction a…

“When times are good, we may not think about God much.”

A thought by Chris Hodge from his book, The Daniel Dilemma: How to Stand Firm and Love Well in a Culture of Compromise (Kindle Locations 2092). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the book title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
We do that, don’t we?
Chris says, “If our bills are paid, our family is healthy, and we have enough to eat and a roof over our heads, we might not think we need God. Everything is going well enough without him, right? So why worship God and acknowledge him as the source when we don’t have to? Most of us don’t know how to handle prosperity.”
He then says, “But when times are hard, where do we turn? When our circumstances are beyond our control, when our children are sick in a way that baffles doctors, when our retirement savings disappears overnight, when we’re shocked by the divorce papers, that’s when we turn to God for help. We know we can’t change certain circumstances, and we need supernatural power and intervention to survive them.
“If we want to ove…