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작성자: Sr.Columban 등록일: 2017-06-01 00:07:50 댓글: '0' ,  조회 수: '113'

NOT  AT  THIS  TIME


     When writers send in a manuscript to a publisher, they often hear back in a letter with these words: "Thank you. But your submission does not meet our needs at this time." It can be quite discouraging for the writers to get their work rejected time after time. Sometimes this really means "not at this time-or ever." So the writers try the next publisher and the next..

     Let us reflect on the phrase This does not meet our needs at this time-or ever. Let us explore how it could well help us on our Christian journey!  Can this saying help us to renew our minds and refocus our thoughts on the Lord?


     Here is what I mean.  When starting to worry, we can remind ourselves:  "Worry does not meet my needs at this time-or ever. My heart's need is to trust God. I will 'be anxious for nothing'." (Philippians 4:6).


     When we envy what another person has or does, we can reinforce the truth:  "Envy does not meet my needs at this time-or ever. My need is to give thanks to God. His Word says, 'Envy is rottenness to the bones' (Proverbs 14:30), and 'In everything give thanks' "  (1 Thessalonians 5:18).


     We cannot renew our minds by ourselves (Romans 12:2):  "Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God - what is good and is pleasing to Him and is perfect."  Renewing our minds is the transforming work of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. Yet speaking the truth in our thoughts can help us to submit to the Spirit's work within.


FOR   FURTHER   REFLECTION


What are some areas you struggle with in your heart?

Ask God to renew your mind that it might think like His.

Then keep reminding yourself of the truth.


The Spirit of God renews our minds

when we review the Word of God.