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863rd -- I Wanted To Breathe


In order for us to become better in life, we must be willing to put away 
the things that have no relevance towards our goal. Many times we say we
want a better job, a healthier body, a stronger marriage, more disciplined
children, etc., but we don't do anything to attain those aspirations. What
we say we want and what we do following must lineup in order for there to
be a change. We cannot complain about how dark the room is and then refuse
to turn on the light. What we say we want must be followed by the proper
action in order for a change to take place. It may not be easy to set 
goals and follow through with them, but when we discipline our mind and 
choose change, positive results will come our way. (1 Corinthians 13:11)

We must be diligent in following through with the goals that we have set 
and not allow any hindrances to make us forget or want to give up on what
we have set out to accomplish. The Bible tells us in Habakkuk 2:2 to 
write the vision down and make it plain. I believe the Lord instructed 
Habakkuk to write the vision down so that he would be reminded of what the
promises were and how they will surely come to pass. We should never allow
what we see with our physical eyes to keep us from believing for a brighter
and better future. What we see is subject to change, but what we believe
and strive for cannot be hindered or stopped when we stay determined.

Whatever your goals are, write them down, set a plan on achieving them and
then put the plan into motion. Do not look at the temporary results, but
look at the big picture. Strive for the end result and do not focus on 
right now. Nothing good comes easy. Remember that. You must be diligent
and unwavering until you reach the goals that you had first set out for, 
and when you do reach those goals, you will find how satisfying it is to 
the soul. Be encouraged to initiate change if that's what you have been 
meaning to do for so long before. Today can be the start of a new life; 
the life that you have been dreaming about. (Jeremiah 29:11) (Hebrews 10:23)

I hope this message inspires and challenges you to become diligent and 
steadfast when it comes to fulfilling the dreams in your heart.


There once was an eager student who wanted to gain wisdom and insight. He
went to the wisest of the town, Socrates, to seek his counsel. Socrates 
was an old soul and had great knowledge of many things. The boy asked the
town sage how he too could acquire such mastery. Being a man of few words,
Socrates chose not to speak, but to illustrate.

He took the child to the beach and, with all of his clothes still on, 
walked straight out into the water. He loved to do curious things like 
that, especially when he was trying to prove a point. The pupil gingerly 
followed his instruction and walked into the sea, joining Socrates where 
the water was just below their chins. Without saying a word, Socrates 
reached out and put his hands on the boy's shoulders. Looking deep into 
his student's eyes, Socrates pushed the student's head under the water 
with all his might.

A struggle ensued, and just before a life was taken away, Socrates 
released his captive. The boy raced to the surface and, gasping for air 
and choking from the salt water, looked around for Socrates in order to 
seek his retaliation on the sage. To the student's bewilderment, the old 
man was already patiently waiting on the beach. 

When the student arrived on the sand, he angrily shouted, “Why did you try
to kill me?” The wise man calmly retorted with a question of his own: “Boy,
when you were underneath the water, not sure if you would live to see 
another day, what did you want more than anything in the world?”

The student took a few moments to reflect, then went with his intuition. 
Softly he said, “I wanted to breathe.” Socrates, now illuminated by his 
own huge smile, looked at the boy comfortingly and said, “Ah! When you 
want wisdom and insight as badly as you wanted to breathe, it is then that
you shall have it.”

By Jim Schinnerer

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Psalm 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the 
ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of 
the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law 
doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the
rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf 
also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be
not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee 
whithersoever thou goest.”

Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my 
supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in
Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my 
song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving 
strength of His anointed.”

Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath 
begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

All scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today's Selected Poem: YOU STILL HAVE HOPE
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem62.htm

Today's Selected Testimony: VICKIE'S WAY TO A NEW LIFE
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony94.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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