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by Karen Anderson
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Think about your life as a construction project. How’s it looking? Is it full of imperfections that will cause your structure to collapse at the winds of change? Does your structure have the strength to withstand anything that comes at it? The Word says, ”God has not given me a spirit of fear, but one of power, love and a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7) God’s ways are always perfect. How would this story influence your construction project?

God was in heaven talking with of his two of His precious angels. An argument started between them as to what they thought was a perfect world. God hoped to settle this argument between the two by proposing a contest. The winner of the contest would receive their perfect world for all of the inhabitants to live on. The enthusiastic angels started working feverishly on their plan. The first angel was named Bartholomew and he decided he wanted a world with no rules. It was a dark, gloomy, and desolate place. Everything was curved and distorted as if looking through a glass prism. Filth was everywhere, not only in the streets, but in the way that the inhabitants looked. They had no concept of color and beauty. When you walked outside, if you could call it outside, you were met with chaos, noise and smoke so thick that you could not take a breath of air. There was constant war and hatred amongst the people of this world. If there was an argument, quarrel, or war going on, it was a law that you had to start something; otherwise, you would find yourself incarcerated. This was unexpected because there were supposed to be no rules. The only rule was on how to hurt and break down others. Immorality was the norm and everyone thought their life was fine. The population never lived past the age of 30, because of their unhealthy world. In this world of destruction, there might have been a small cry asking for redemption, but in this world, instead of redemption, there was only death. Bartholomew truly felt that this was a fun and great world to live in because of you were able to live by your own FREE WILL. This world was run by the motto, “It’s a ME Universe”. This world was a nightmare and it could have only come from a deranged mind…

The second angel, Michael had a different idea. He felt that rules were necessary for everyone’s happiness but they would be based from the principles set forth by the Heavenly Father. There was no darkness and gloom in this world. It was vibrant with all the colors and glories that could be imagined. You could see and experience the freshness of the green trees and plants; the beauty of the blue lakes, rivers and oceans. You also saw the majesty of the high mountains, and you could inhale the crispness of the air. It felt like heaven, to take in the beauty that surrounded you. There was an atmosphere of hope, joy, love, peace and fellowship with others. God’s blessings and favor would be on every inhabitant because of their devotion to Him in every moment of every day. There would never be any question of right and wrong because everyone was treated with love and respect of others. Everyone had the choice of FREE WILL but there were never any issues or heartache because everyone lived a God-filled life. There was no room for hatred or the chaos that was in Bartholomew’s world, because there was love for each other. Michael remembered God’s words of, “ Relax, everything’s going to be all right; rest, everything’s coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!” The motto for Michael’s world was, “This is a YOU Universe”. The wonders of Michael’s world caused the population to live long and prosperous lives.

The assignment was finished, and both angels proudly showed their God their work. When Bartholomew presented his dark world to God, he was standing there full of arrogance and pride, sure that God would like the creative way he planned the inhabitants a “no rule” life. Michael, on the other hand, with true reverence of God, presented his glorious world with sincerity and love. God patiently looked over both worlds that the angels designed without pre-judgment. His heart was saddened at Bartholomew’s concept. He thought, “How could a blessing ever be given to this world of Bartholomew’s?” When God saw Michael’s world His heart was soaring. God’s thoughts were, “This is a world that I will bless and show my favor to the inhabitants. They will live in peace, happiness, and joy.” God fulfilled what He had promised, but what happened to Bart…..

Whose world are you attracted to? It is tough to build a strong you because of the devastating negative self-talk that will ruin any structure you are trying to build. The only person that can be changed is YOU in your building. The blueprints to completion are to take time to study God’s word, spend time with God, and remember He is the master carpenter for your life. You can find yourself on the other side of your mountains (obstacles), a stronger, more stable YOU. Visualize you’re life as the completion of your construction project. God will help you build that life you want…embrace it.

Remember this…you are WORTHY for the best in your life. Move forward with God in your quest to build a stronger YOU. Make your decision on your construction project, commit to it, and JUST DO IT. Praise God for His help in the construction of a “Better You”. My friends, keep up the good work in your life.
“…pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens…” 1 Thessalonians 5:17

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