Someone recommended Joyce Meyer to me when I was a young Christian. She is a practical Bible teacher with practical experience.
Joyce told stories on herself and I learned from her mistakes and troubles. For instance, it never occurred to me to put my grocery cart back where I got it. God taught Joyce to do that and Joyce taught me.
She believes in leaving the world in better shape than she found it. She picks up rubbish that other women drop at their heels in the washroom. She refolds the sweater she looked at in a shop.
She coined the saying, “Do it afraid.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said that to myself as I go into a new situation.
Joyce prays about all things big and small. Because she asked God’s for help with a stubborn curl of hair, I felt justified in asking God to help me with an earring.
Writing is important to her and she makes time for it. Now I do that as well, trusting that it’s not just a selfish ambition on my part.
Where the mind goes; the man/woman follows! Oh, yes, taking that one to heart (and mind) made a big difference in my behaviour.
But beware, friends. I appreciate Joyce’s teaching, but I don’t follow Joyce. The Bible is clear.
For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings? What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. (From 1 Corinthians 3:3-5, NIV)
Prayer- Lord, keep our eyes on you and you alone, not on the folks who are just doing their job, pointing others your way. Amen.