Begin with the End in Mind

The Challenge:  Speech, Behavior, Faith, Love, Purity

What is more pure than a newborn baby?  They are completely protected from this world in where many impure things are lurking around corners.  They haven’t had to face any moral dilemmas, so their hearts are free from the consequences of bad decisions.  This is actually a picture of my daughter on her first day on this earth….such innocence.  She is actually just one of three daughters that I have in my care.  That is why the importance of living a life of purity is pressed upon my heart, since the example that they will be following starts with me.

If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work. (2 Timothy 2:21)

God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.(Matthew 5:8)

Leading a life of purity means to have a conscience that doesn’t waver for immorality.  You will display the qualities of goodness, truth and righteousness.  God values and blesses such a life led, but in this culture it can be hard to do when we are faced with so many opportunities to go in the opposite direction.  Leading a life of purity doesn’t come by accident; it takes intentionally wanting to please God.  You must begin with the end in mind when you are facing a moral decision.  I have learned to envision the quality of life that I want to have, and make my choices accordingly.   Ask yourself some hard questions about the step that you are about to take and look at what would be the outcome.  The times that we fail are usually times that we have acted impulsively on our emotions, never thinking about the end result. I’ll share some advice that I like to tell my kids in hopes that they would lead a life of purity.  Ask yourself the BIG question,

Would God be pleased if I _____?

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