We asked in our last newsletter, “What is one thing that PWs should remember?” We had some wonderful answers. We hope you enjoy the wisdom that was shared.
“You can take God seriously; but don’t take yourself too seriously.
“Also, sometimes when I’m uptight about something or upset that I made a mistake, I say to myself: ‘Ten years from now will this have made any difference at all?’ If not, I think: ‘Five years from now will it have made a difference?’ No? ‘How about a year from now?’ Then why am I so upset? This is obviously a molehill, not a mountain.”
“Remember to LAUGH!!! It is good medicine.” from Liz
“Live in the present and enjoy the moment.” from Michelle in UK
About Spiritual Life:
“‘Stay fed, so you can feed others,’ spiritually speaking, that is!” from Elizabeth in Moldova
“More of Him…less of Me.” (John 3:30) from Lorna (a single PW) in Bolivia
“Bask in God’s love.” from Debbie
“My reason for being on this earth is to get to know God and to please Him. All else is extra.”from Tulin in UK
“It isn’t faith if you know what’s going to happen next!” from Shari
“‘Keeping my eye focused on Jesus, the Author and Completer of our faith…,’ otherwise everything seems to spiral down for me.” from Martha
“One thing that a PW should remember is that God is always near.” from Ruth
“He knows all about it.” from Sandses
About Your Husband:
“‘You raise your children and influence your husband.’ This helps me when my husband does things that irritate me and I want to nag. I’m not in his life to train him, that is reserved for my children. I can influence my husband, but he is an adult man that has already been raised, so I must let go of many of my expectations.” from Lina
“Your husband can’t do it alone.” (Genesis 2:18) from Shirin
“Servants are what we are.” from Betty
“It’s not about us.” from Debbie in Budapest
“PW’s should remember Who brought us to where we are. When tempted to get discouraged and think a mistake was made, it is important to remember the circumstances that brought us to our present place.” from Debi
“The meanest beggar sitting outside your gate is as important to God as your family members. God spoke this to us early in our PW days when we were feeling badly about being so far from an unsaved, sick family member.” from Joy
“Plan as though Jesus is not coming back for 100 years, live as though He is coming tomorrow!”from Pam
“This helps me make some of those convenience-versus-conscience decisions. I often ask myself, ‘If a million other people did what I am doing, would it would be helpful or harmful to others?’ I’m not always sure about WWJD, as I am prone to put my own stamp and culture on that phrase.” from Cully
“‘This too shall pass.’ Whether it’s a difficult circumstance or a treasured moment with my children, God is teaching me to be content in all seasons and to remember that this present world is not eternal.” from Dina in W Europe
“Remember, this too will pass. Life is full of different seasons, each with its own challenges and joys. Don’t spend your time focusing on the difficulties and wishing for a different season. Enjoy each season for what it is, remembering that the hard parts of this season will soon pass.” from Karla
“‘Today is the first day of the rest of your life, coupled with, today IS your life.’ This helps me remember that today isn’t something to be endured and just gotten through, but lived to the fullest. When the going gets tough it is easy to think, ‘If I can just get through this, if I can just endure until this term is over…’ But this IS life and I need to give it everything I’ve got TODAY! ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me!’” from Leonda in Philippines
“My heavenly Father absolutely adores me even when circumstances seem to look otherwise.”from Carolyn
It was so good to hear what others remember in different circumstances. We live in situations where we can be overwhelmed with activity or numbed with monotony. It is good to remember what wise fellow travelers had to say.
Remembering keeps our feet on solid ground when we pass through storms and provides focus to see the world as we should. Remembering Who brought us here and how He provides for us, keeps our hearts thankful and humble.
One more thing: Remember to pass along words of wisdom to your children. They will provide a solid foundation for their faith.