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Day 1239 – In Comparison – Meditation Monday
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Day 1239 – In Comparison – Meditation Monday

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Wisdom-Trek / Creating a Legacy

Welcome to Day 1239 of our Wisdom-Trek, and thank you for joining me.

This is Guthrie Chamberlain, Your Guide to Wisdom

In Comparison – Meditation Monday

Meditation Monday

Wisdom – the final frontier to true knowledge. Welcome to Wisdom-Trek where our mission is to create a legacy of wisdom, to seek out discernment and insights, and to boldly grow where few have chosen to grow before.

Hello, my friend, I am Guthrie Chamberlain, your captain on our journey to increase wisdom and create a living legacy. Thank you for joining us today as we explore wisdom on our 2nd millennium of podcasts. This is Day 1239 of our trek, and it is time for Meditation Monday.

Taking time to relax, refocus, and reprioritize our lives is crucial in order to create a living legacy. For you, it may just be time alone for quiet reflection. You may utilize structured meditation practices. In my life, meditation includes reading and reflecting on God’s Word and praying. It is a time to renew my mind, refocus on what is most important, and make sure that I am nurturing my soul, mind, and body. As you come along with me on our trek each Meditation Monday, it is my hope and prayer that you, too, will experience a time for reflection and renewing of your mind.

Many feel that the trials they face and the struggles they go through are overwhelming. Maybe you feel that way today? In our meditation today, let us consider…

In Comparison

We all face trials and struggles. Of course, the trials and struggles that we go through personally always seem greater to us than what others may be going through. It’s like the saying I once heard, most surgery is minor surgery, unless it is surgery that you must have.

Yes, we do face trials, hardships, struggles and difficult times in our lives. They may be physical, emotional, financial, relational, or spiritual, but they seem difficult to us. The question I must ask, though…they are difficult in comparison to what?

Most struggles that we face are not life-threatening. If you fail financially, while the struggle is real and difficult, you can work your way through it, even if it takes a number of years. Many struggle emotionally, and yet through God’s Word and with the help of others, those challenges can be overcome. You may have relationship issues, but they can be worked through, no matter how desperate the situation appears when you are in the midst of it. If you are in spiritual conflict, through God’s Word and prayer, you can overcome it. Even if you do face life-threatening physical illness, accident, or persecution, the struggle is very real, and yet we must ask, in comparison to what?

Think about the struggles that the Apostle Paul went through as he proclaimed God’s kingdom. In 2 Corinthians 11:22-28 he describes this, “Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I.  Are they servants of Christ? I know I sound like a madman, but I have served him far more! I have worked harder, been put in prison more often, been whipped times without number, and faced death again and again.  Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes.  Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea.  I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not. I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm.  Then, besides all this, I have the daily burden of my concern for all the churches.”

Yes, Paul struggled, and you may also struggle with deep anguish.  This may be difficult, but in comparison to what is yet to come, our troubles are small and won’t last very long. We must never give up, but keep pressing forward as Apostle Paul also exhorts us in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.  For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!  So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

How could Paul describe his endless trials as small and not lasting long? He tells us. He could see “they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!”

And you–you want to go on, but some days the road seems so long. Let us meditate on this: God never said the journey would be easy, but he did say that the arrival would be worth it!

That is a wrap for today’s meditation. Next week, we will continue our trek on Meditation Monday as we take time to reflect on what is most important in creating our living legacy. On tomorrow’s trek, we will explore another wisdom quote. This 3-minute wisdom supplement will assist you in becoming healthy, wealthy, and wise each day. Thank you for joining me on this trek called life. Encourage your friends and family to join us and then come along tomorrow for another day of our Wisdom-Trek, Creating a Legacy.

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Thank you for allowing me to be your guide, mentor, and, most of all, your friend as I serve you through the Wisdom-Trek podcast and journal.

As we take this trek together, let us always:

  1. Live Abundantly (Fully)
  2. Love Unconditionally
  3. Listen Intentionally
  4. Learn Continuously
  5. Lend to others Generously
  6. Lead with Integrity
  7. Leave a Living Legacy Each Day

I am Guthrie Chamberlain reminding you to Keep Moving Forward, Enjoy Your Journey, and Create a Great Day Everyday! See you tomorrow!