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Are You Abel ?

Nat Ford JTA
Publisher ' s Editorial Darryl A . Barrs Are You Abel ? Jacksonville , Florida March 2014
It seems these tough economic times have everyone discombobulated . Will I keep my job ? Where can I get a job ? How long can my business hold on ? Is it time for me to seek other options to provide for my family ? How long is this current economic crisis going to last , six months more , another year … two years ?
The fact that tough times have come in the past , and that they came to past , is no consolation to those going through it now , many who have never seen things this bad their entire life . To make it through , you will have to be at your best and do things you may have never had to do before in order to succeed . The question is , Are You Able ?
Adam and Eve began the population of the world with two sons . Abel was the second child born but the first to obey God . The Bible says Abel was a Shepard and brought an offering unto the Lord of the firstling of his flock and the fat thereof . And the Lord had respect unto Abel and his offering . Abel knew what was expected of the Lord for his life and he followed God ’ s general guidelines and specific directions .
Are you Abel to perform your work in a manner that is excellent and pleasing to God ? The work you do in life tell the most about the person you are . You should be your very first critic setting a very high standard for yourself to achieve . Then others will be baffled with brilliance by your work .
Are you Abel to fulfill your service to the world ? Your job in life is not necessary your service in life . What you do to make money is what you do to provide for you and your family . Your service is what you do to make life better for others . The world is a better place only when we collectively work in our specific areas of service whether it is cutting the grass of a Senior Citizen ; grocery shopping for a disable person ; volunteering at a center for retardation and deformity ; tutoring children after school ; sponsoring summer educational trips ; taking a group of your children friends to dinner to teach etiquettes .
Are you Abel to commit to your goals until you succeed ? Many have made resolutions which over the years have proven to be exercises of infertility . We must be careful of the tones which come from our mouths . They become talk , talk , and only talk . Simply saying it is not enough . Now is the time to talk less and do more . Let your accomplishment sang the praises of the life you live .
Are you Abel to endure the criticism and envy of others in response to the success of your labors ? When you do what the Lord requires of your life , your success become a mirror to others they look in and many will see themselves not doing what the Lord requires of them to do . Sadly enough , instead of stepping-up , many choose to break the mirror . Success breeds Success . It also creates strife and jealousy , and you may find yourself rejected and ostracized .
Martin Luther King , Jr . was a man that did what the Lord required of him to do . Few of us today would want to be tasked with his burden of service nor would we want to offer his supreme sacrifice . However , still today some choose to discredit Dr . King ’ s message and accomplishment by punching holes in his character as if that changes the fact that he was a man that allowed God to use him in a way all of us today is blessed . Martin Luther King , Jr . indeed was Abel .
Are you Abel to live beyond your life ? People will forever remember what you did for them and how you made them feel . Abel is the first name mentioned in God ’ s Hall of Fame ( Hebrews 11:4 ), “ By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain , by which he obtained witness that he was righteous . God testifying of his gifts and by it he being dead yet speaketh .”
Are you Abel ? The world today more then ever before needs Abel people . Those that rise early and work late . Those that understand that failure is not an option . Those that see life as an Obstacle Course ; mountains to climb , troubled waters to swim across , valleys to jump over , storms to endure .
Are you Abel ? I hope so and hope you have H . O . P . E . in these difficult and enduring times . Hope is the feeling of expectations that what is wanted to happen will happen . One way to ensure this is to follow H . O . P . E . the acronym : Helping Other People Endlessly .
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