After the boys cleaned the dorm, we met in the sala and I said, “There are four things I want to talk to you about on how to live for the Lord.”
- God needs to be first in our life. Our spouse, our friends, our hobbies or things cannot occupy our thoughts and time more than our Lord. Everything that we do, we do in our Lord’s name and for Him. Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” As an example, when we prepare the blue building for meals, I have told you that we don’t do it to please the other children or adults, but we do it for the Lord. Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men…”
- Study and allow God’s word to guide you. God’s word is a lamp. It illuminates your life and you can see what God desires. When we don’t know His word, we are in the dark. Remember, that darkness is the absence of light. God is light. Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” God’s word trains us so we will be ready for everything the world throws at us. 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Do you want to know what kind of music He desires for us to sing? Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”
- Obey the Lord even when you don’t understand. Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” A good example is Peter. He fished all night and did not catch anything. Jesus told him to try again. He obeyed and the nets were filled. Luke 5:4-5, “When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, ‘Put our into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
- Our life and friendships must reflect our love for the Lord and not the world. 1 John 2:15-17, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in Him. For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” Remember what my Mom told me, “Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are.” 1 Corinthians 15:33-34, “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’ Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning, for there are some who are ignorant of God – I say this to your shame.” Walk the road that leads to life and walk with those who are walking the narrow road. Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Two of our boys had court hearings. Nowadays, we never know who will go home yet we know our Lord will be with them. That is always comforting to remember.
The Bible Society of Guatemala came to teach and minister to the children. We are so grateful to the Lord for sending them. Teaching the children to live for the Lord in everything they do and the decisions they make. One of the activities that the teacher had the children do was for them to line up and she gave them a scenario. Was it a good decision or bad decision? The boys ran and placed the “decision” on the good or the bad heading. Wonderful exercise. Physical and spiritual.
Lee and Candy