Paul often says statements like “my only aim” or “most important is ...” or “I give myself fully to ...” Paul has a clear priority; everything else is secondary and he strives to leave those things behind.
I have counseled at summer camp numerous times through the years. One summer at middle school camp, the campers were challenged by a week of competitions in hopes of winning the “Championship T Shirt”.
This month we will be celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is the season of giving. Cyber Monday broke the record for sales this year. Something about Christmas lightens the mood of people and makes them more generous. The University of Zurich did a study recently that demonstrated people who are generous tend to be happier.
As I was reading in the Old Testament the other morning, I came across a passage I had read a while back. A specific verse from that passage has had a significant impact on my life since.
1 Chronicles 12:3 “from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do.”