Making Your Life Fail-Safe

FAIL-SAFE: designating, of, or involving a procedure designed to prevent malfunctioning or unintentional operation, often specif. of nuclear-armed aircraft, through an intricate system of protective devices; Ensuring safety in case of malfunction;

Synonyms: Unlikely to fail; foolproof; trouble-free; problem-free; guaranteed;

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1. “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”

– Zig Ziglar

2. “Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.”

– Dennis Waitley

3. “Expectations are premeditated resentment.”

– Author Unknown

4. “First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst.

– Dale Carnegie

5. “We should expect the best and the worst of mankind, as from the weather.”

– Marquis De Vauvenargues

6. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar, “Your threat means nothing to us. If you throw us in the fire, the God we serve can rescue us from your roaring furnace and anything else you might cook up, O king. But even if he doesn’t, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference, O king. We still wouldn’t serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.”

(Daniel 3:16 – 18, The Message)

7. I’m glad in God, far happier than you would ever guess—happy that you’re again showing such strong concern for me. Not that you ever quit praying and thinking about me. You just had no chance to show it. Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.

(Philippians 4:10 – 13, The Message)

I was made very happy in the Lord that now you have revived your interest in my welfare after so long a time; you were indeed thinking of me, but you had no opportunity to show it. Not that I am implying that I was in any personal want, for I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am. I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. I have learned in any and all circumstances the secret of facing every situation, whether well-fed or going hungry, having a sufficiency and enough to spare or going without and being in want. I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].

(Philippians 4:10 – 13, AMP)

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2 Responses to “Making Your Life Fail-Safe”

  1. Bishop one thing stood out in my mind. You said you couldn’t understand how those of us who have gone through something tragic go on with a smile. As you may already know my life had been one tragic situation after another. There were days I didn’t know if I could make it through another day. Being raise in church I knew about God & Prayer but was taught scriptural prayers and really didn’t know how to pray and when my world turned upside down I just started talking to the Father as if He was sitting in the room with me. I cried out to Him if You are who You say You are send me help because I couldn’t help myself. Guess what He did. He sent me a friend and when she saw me (at work) she said I don’t know why I’m here because I don’t like this business. She looked at me and asked what was wrong. I knew God sent her.
    Out of every tragic situation something good will emerge from it.
    Relationships can be mended. Healings can take place. The world we see can seem like a new world. It really makes you look at the people in your life and how much they mean to you.
    When I first started the church you spoke about Repairing The Breach and boy was you on target but I wasn’t ready to repair the breach. Now I think the time is close. I have been on few websites and found one of my family members who is the daughter to the one I need to repair the breach with but I remember you said to repair ASAP. I’m not sure about the contact because it’s been about 12 to 13 years ago since I last talked to that person. I would like to contact but on a neutral territory. There hasn’t been a day that I don’t think about that person and wonder how they are doing. The situation with that is complicated but I know one day it will work itself out. I just have to live in faith that my mind can truly forgive not only that person but also forgive myself for waiting so long.
    Life is what you make it. Good or bad. You have to make up your mind how you are to handle what life throws in your lap.

  2. Since I can remember as a child when learning about Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego it has been within me to rest in the thought that our final destination is not settled by the current events that are being experienced. I enjoyed the way you used that to show that being persistent and consistent in our pursuits gives us peace in our personal lives. This is a recurring theme throughout the Bible as well as many other religious systems. Job put it as plane as any I’ve read when he told his friends/adversaries that even if God slayed him, he would still trust God. In the broader picture of life as I have come to know it, that is pretty much the bottom line. Humanity has accomplished much toward such great pursuits like world peace and increasing life spans of humans with a good quality of existence. I not only applaud that but believe it is in direct relationship to the persistent prayers of many other humans through the ages. By seeing the glass not only half full but on the way to overflowing and not allowing what may be said about the glass by others who are fearful the glass may break or make a mess when it overflows it is easier to get a view of the peace concept with a delightful and sure hope that it is a reality worth the pursuit. Contributing to that peace gives the greatest form of praise to our Creator that can be given. When the promise of peace on earth and good will toward humanity was given, it was not restricted to any particular set of religious people but incompassed all humanity. Those who do the will of God by working toward this goal in whatever manner they can are the true children of the One true God who said that creation is good and gave the created human the directive to care for it and make it grow. Your teaching on failsafe is encouraging in every point to streangthen the listener toward accomplishing their best in this regard with whatever they have, be it much or little. Thank you for your persistence. That is where it really is at.

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