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From: "Forthright Magazine" <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Mon, 09 Mar 2009 14:38:48 -0300
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MINDFUL OF GOD
  by J. Randal Matheny, editor

   "For this is a gracious thing, when,
   mindful of God, one endures sorrows while
   suffering unjustly."     1 Peter 2:19 ESV

To be mindful of God means to be aware of presence,
knowledgeable of his will, conscious of his help,
confident of his reward.

It means to react to this world's opposition based on
God rather than self or others.

If I am mindful of self, I will cower from suffering
and seek its avoidance.

If I am mindful of others, I will modify behavior to
please them and deflect criticism.

If I am mindful of pain, I will act to prevent or end
it.

If I am mindful of God, however, I will know that he
sees my every move and desires my good.

I will seek to understand his will and do it in every
situation.

I will rejoice in persecution, knowing that the bricks
of the path of righteousness are cemented with
suffering.

Mindful of God, I will trust that he will give me
strength to bear cheerfully any scorn and to endure any
harm.

Aware of God, I will continue to proclaim the gospel of
Christ, knowing that my reward comes from the Lord
rather than from the praise of men.

Being mindful of God is for every moment, not only for
the days of persecution and hours of suffering. For the
consciousness of God generates thanksgiving for life
and blessing; the sense of his nearness cultivates hope
in the heart; the knowledge of his presence makes every
moment sweet and precious.

Be mindful of God.
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