Building points are very necessary for us in our lives to get for one season to another along life’s journey. It’s not what you have, it’s what you do with it. Do what you can with what you have and where you are.

Having a personal relationship with God or not is a choice that’s always left up to the individual because God is not going to force the relationship.

“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:17). “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Rev. 3:20).

If serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15).

Being in a relationship with God has requirements. “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matt. 22:35-40).

The God relationship with God or not is the foundation for all other relationships in life and/or interactions with other along the path. Where’s your relationship with God?

Sharing your personal space with someone is vital to happiness, growth, development, financial stability and spiritual well-being. Who will you marry?

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.”

How many children do you? Are you ready for the responsibility? Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it (Prov. 22:6).

What do you want to do for a living? God has given each one grace, now to each one of us grace has been given according to the measure of the gift of Christ (Eph. 4:7).

Are you being lazy today? Laziness is disinclination to activity or exertion despite having the ability to act or exert oneself. It is often used as a pejorative; terms for a person seen to be lazy include couch potato, slacker, and not doing all you can do for God.

Life skills are abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enables us to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life; in other words, psycho-social competency. They are a set of human skills acquired via teaching or direct experience that are used to handle difficulties and questions ordinarily encountered in daily human life.

Different life skills will be more or less relevant at different times your life. Time management, leadership, problem solving, stress-management, communication and teamwork are great skills. But let us not forget the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness (Gal. 5:22).

Developing Christ-like character should be our focus in life, so let’s have the mind Christ Jesus toward people and life.

“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Phil. 2:5-8).

Anthony A. Armstrong is senior pastor at Unity Christian Fellowship Church at Pine Bluff.

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