Was it the quote that came first or was it the song?
Yesterday, I posted about the Brandon Heath song, I had heard on the radio called, “I’m Not Who I Was” and later that day, stumbled on this quote that was posted:
“I wish I could’ve lived my life without making any wrong turns. But that’s impossible.
A path like that doesn’t exist.
We get lost.
We make mistakes.
And little by little, one step at a time, we push forward. ~Natsuki Takaya”
Great if life can be perfect, but the thing is, we all are going to make mistakes.
As a matter of fact, it would seem each day, was a new opportunity to make mistakes to the point, there must be a mistake monster, living in our home;.
A bit Twilight Zonish yes, but doesn’t it feel like that sometimes?
We can keep looking back, but in the process, what does looking back really serving, but taking away the present and the tomorrow.
Maybe we wish we had talked to that person we had a crush on when we were younger, or not make that choice that we did.
Maybe it was as small as wishing we didn’t have that third helping of tacos and now paying for it with heartburn, or maybe, it was a broken heart that we wish we could just mend.
The following youtube embodies 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 (NIV1984), that goes,
“26 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not —to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.”
Sometimes the most inspiring comes from the most un-expected.
As MHC (Matthew Henry Commentary) shares with its commentary on the passages of 1 Corinthians 1:17-31
“The manner of preaching the gospel was foolishness to them too. None of the famous men for wisdom or eloquence were employed to plant the church or propagate the gospel.
A few fishermen were called out, and sent upon this errand. These were commissioned to disciple the nations: these vessels chosen to convey the treasure of saving knowledge to the world. There was nothing in them that at first view looked grand or august enough to come from God; and the proud pretenders to learning and wisdom despised the doctrine for the sake of those who dispensed it.
And yet the foolishness of God is wiser than men, 1 Cor. 1:25.
Those methods of divine conduct that vain men are apt to censure as unwise and weak have more true, solid, and successful wisdom in them, than all the learning and wisdom that are among men: “You see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called,1 Cor. 1:26“…..God did not choose philosophers, nor orators, nor statesmen, nor men of wealth and power and interest in the world, to publish the gospel of grace and peace. Not the wise men after the flesh, though men would apt to think that a reputation for wisdom and learning might have contributed much to the success of the gospel. Not the mighty and noble, however men might be apt to imagine that secular pomp and power would make way for its reception in the world. But God seeth not as man seeth. He hath chosen the foolish things of the world, the weak things of the world, the base and despicable things of the world, men of mean birth, of low rank, of no liberal education, to be the preachers of the gospel and planters of the church.His thoughts are not as our thoughts, nor his ways as our ways. He is a better judge than we what instruments and measures will best serve the purposes of his glory. (2.) Few of distinguished rank and character were called to be Christians. As the teachers were poor and mean, so generally were the converts. Few of the wise, and mighty, and noble, embraced the doctrine of the cross.
Crazy when it all boils down to it…but it wasn’t learned philosophers, professors, but just average Joes that were picked and yet:
“We are in bonds, and he is made redemption to us, our Saviour and deliverer. Observe, Where Christ is made righteousness to any soul, he is also made sanctification. He never discharges from the guilt of sin, without delivering from the power of it; and he is made righteousness and sanctification, that he may in the end be made complete redemption, may free the soul from the very being of sin, and loose the body from the bonds of the grave: and what is designed in all is that all flesh may glory in the Lord, 1 Cor. 1:31. Observe, It is the will of God that all our glorifying should be in the Lord: and, our salvation being only through Christ, it is thereby effectually provided that it should be so. Man is humbled, and God glorified and exalted, by the whole scheme.” 1
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