A Word every day to get you on your way!
Here is the Daily Dose for Wednesday, June 24, 2020.
I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
I consider myself a person with a decent memory. So in school, when I would go to class, I would sit, listen, and go about my business. That strategy served me well for quite some time. Then Clarence Jacobs transferred into my school. Clarence was a nice guy, but I had an issue with him. He was getting better grades than I was. I didn’t begrudge him, but I have a bit of a competitive streak. So every time we got an exam back, and I glanced at Clarence’s paper, and he had a higher grade than me, it drove me nuts. I had to know how Clarence was doing this.
One day, I asked Clarence if I could see his exam. Clarence had bested me again, and I was going to find out how. As I read his answers, I realized that his answers were just better than mine. He had a flair for including details that just were not in my exam answers. I would have the big idea and a few details while Clarence would have the big idea and extensive details and support. I was amazed, so I asked Clarence how he remembered all of these things. Clarence told me he has a horrible memory, so in class, he takes comprehensive notes, so he doesn’t have to try and keep it all in his head. The things I had forgotten, Clarence was writing down, and the results spoke for themselves.
Friends, if you want the best results in life, you are going to have to take notes. Often, we miss out on the promises of God because we are doing it from memory. We have the big idea, and we have the details that we can remember, but we are missing the finer points. We are missing out on joy in all circumstances, a peace that surpasses understanding, and hope in the midst of uncertainty because we missed the details. Friends, Jesus has overcome the world, and we can too, we just have to have notes on what the word says when we face trials. So don’t just settle for a passing grade, get an overcoming grade by taking notes.