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“IF ONLY” PEOPLE

A psychiatrist was deeply troubled by the sadness of one of his dear friends. Curiously he asked, “What’s troubling you?”

After some time he responded, “I’ve been reviewing the ‘If only’s’ of my life. I’ve made so many mistakes.”

Wanting to help he said, “Let’s go to my office. I have some recordings I want you to hear.”

Sitting quietly he played a tape containing the stories of three very depressed patients. After a moment he asked, “Did you notice that each one kept repeating, ‘if only?” The “if only’s” bring about a sense of hopelessness and helplessness, depression and discouragement. All of us must learn to say, “Next time I’ll do things differently. I’ll seek God’s will and ask for His wisdom and guidance before I make a decision.”

James said, “If you need wisdom – if you want to know what God wants you to do – ask Him and He will gladly tell you!” Wisdom in the Bible means “practical insight or guidance” that will lead the Christian to right living and eliminate the “if only’s” of life.

Prayer: Father, may we look to You for guidance before we make decisions or plans or try to solve problems. May we seek Your guidance at all times. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: James 1:5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 

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