Three Nail Thursday 10/7/2021

Three Nail Thursday

Three Nails Thursday is a weekly bit of items that have helped me through my week. Thursday is my Friday, as my work schedule is Sunday through Thursday (Normally). Considering all that is happening, I need some inspiration to keep me focused on the task at hand. So I’m sharing with you three things that keep me grounded, focused, and inspired throughout my week. Here are the three nails! 

A Song I am listening to.

Isn’t He – Natalie Grant (Click on the song title to visit the Three Nail Playlist or to listen to the song)
Something is captivating about this song. Although, I know it’s not the song that is captivating as much as it is the song’s subject. Think about all the things that God is. The beginning of worship from the heart is to allow your mind to think about the characteristics of God. Then, suddenly, the flow from your heart is worship about the greatness of God. 
Think about this across the experiences you’ve had and then ask, isn’t He? 
Isn’t He wonderful? 
Isn’t He the mender of million pieces? 
Isn’t He the captivator of the searching heart?
Isn’t he the giver of grace that none deserve? 
All of this is Jesus! 

A Verse That Challenged Me!

Ecclesiastes 7:10 

Do not say, “Why were the former days better than these?” For you do not inquire wisely concerning this.

 The New King James Version. (1982). (Ec 7:10). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Maybe like me, you have longed for the way things used to be. Certainly, that is more likely than ever before due to the season of life that we are in. But, trust me, you’re not alone in having the thought about wanting it to go back to the way it used to be. I had those same thoughts, and the more I desired it, the more I realized that I was incorrect. 

Often, we long for what we remember as the good and ignore all the bad of the former days. But, unfortunately, the “good ole days” cliche doesn’t consider the “bad ole days.” 

I believe a little perspective may help concerning the season we live in versus another period.

I read this about those that were born in 1900. At the age of 14, World War I would begin and end when they were 18 years of age, and roughly 22 million would be deceased in the four years.

Shortly after World War I, a global pandemic would cover the earth in 1918 called the “Spanish Flu” that would kill nearly fifty million people. You are now 20 years old.

Nine years later, the Stock Market would crash! A global economic crisis abounds; the great depression commences.

Just four years removed from the most significant economic collapse, you are 33 years old and the Nazi’s rise to power in Germany. Six years later, six million Jews were exterminated, and over sixty million would die in those six years. You are now 39 years old.

Finally, a brief respite from war, plague, and financial ruin! At least until you are 52, then the Korean war begins. Then, twelve years later, the Vietnam war begins and lasts until you’re the age of 75.

Think about the people who lived, or maybe you lived through most of this! 

Just maybe the word of the Lord is accurate when it says.

18 “Do not remember the former things,Nor consider the things of old.19 Behold, I will do a new thing,Now it shall spring forth;Shall you not know it?I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.

 The New King James Version. (1982). (Is 43:18–19). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

A Quote to Ponder!

The human condition is to magnify the negative. Instead, we should downplay the negative and amplify the positive!

It’s easy to focus on all the negativity; it’s what makes the headlines. Negativity is the easier path. It takes work to focus on the positive. My dad would tell me that it’s easy to be against things; it takes work, study, and diligence to be for something.

Please make it a challenge to focus on what you are for versus what you are against. Magnify the positives and ignore and downplay the negatives.

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