Teddy Ott has been married to his wife Kelly for 24 years.
Together they four children. He is also a teacher, a prolific writer and a published author.
He has written hundreds of articles, devotions, and authored several outstanding books.
Teddy is also a leader of leaders and he believes that God’s calling extends
far beyond the walls of the church as He calls us to be the church that Jesus is building.
Therefore, He sustains a wholehearted commitment to servicing to the Lord
every place that God leads him.
Teddy has earned degrees in Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Religion,
a Master’s degree in Educational Administration, and a PhD in Missions, Evangelism,
and Church Growth.
Teddy is also an inspiring regular contributor (LifeWriter) here at LifeLetter Café
and is today’s featured contributor to “Find It Only Here On Friday.”
His Café exclusive “Only The Wise” can be found below . . BUT FIRST . .
the Café thought you just might want to know how an Encouragement Leader like Teddy Ott
has himself been encouraged in his own faith recently.
In his own words…
No matter how discouraged we may become He always proves Himself faithful.
Recently, as I have been praying a searching out our next step in the ministry
God has showed up and showed out.
because things were not moving along the way we thought they should,
not as quickly as we thought they should.This struggle sent Kelly and I to really hit our knees harder in prayer and dive deeper into His Word.
As a result, God has shown us clearly that we must stop waiting on Him to join our agenda.
No, He is waiting for us to join Him right now and right where we are until He moves us.
We have learned to stop trying to move God and to allow Him to move us!
Today’s Find It Only Here On Friday
“Only The Wise”
by Teddy Ott
The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.
– Proverbs 3:35 –
Searching for Answers
Not too long ago God led me to re-evaluate how I make decisions as a pastor, church leader, dad, husband and child of God. As I spent time with God and in His word, a specific question kept burning in my heart. It was as if I could hear God clearly asking, “What is it that you are truly seeking with every decision?”
As I asked myself this question in light of God’s Word, I found that I most often searched for answers in things, people, circumstances, situations, feelings, emotions and monetary advancement. Sure, as a child of God one knows to seek Him first. We have heard it since rebirth, but it is easier said than done.
Have you ever noticed that we have a thousand things competing for our mind, and a thousand more competing for our eyes, ears and our hearts? With all those distractions, no wonder we so often make decisions that do no include God, His Will, His Best, or His Plans for us. And because something and/or someone other than God has consumed the answers in our life we have become fools in our decision-making. God has made me passionate about knowing the truth behind every decision.
Knowing the Inheritance of Each Decision
God pierced my heart with another question, “What will you inherit with the way you presently make your decisions?” This question hit me like a ton of bricks because as a child of God I know my inheritance is eternity, which can only be found in Christ and stored in His kingdom.
As this question filtered through me, I found that with my feeling and emotions I inherited a temporal and momentary experience. When I sought answers in people I inherited the approval of others instead the approval of God. As I sought answers in situations or circumstances I inherited what looked and sounded best instead of God’s best. God has made me passionate about knowing what I am inheriting with each decision. Is it eternal or temporary?
Making Wise Decisions Leads to Eternal Rewards
I praise God that anytime he poses a question He provides the answer. God led me to study proverbs in my search for answers. As I studied Chapters 1-3 three I found a common theme, wisdom. Some would say it is godly wisdom, but as Solomon said, “there is no plan, insight or wisdom without God (Proverbs 21:30).”
Sure I knew it in my mind, but that had not yet taken a controlling factor upon my heart until now.
Clarity and peace overcame me as I read, “The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools (Proverbs 3:35).” In other words, “Only the Wise” will inherit the things of God. Therefore, every decision should be pursued only through wisdom because wisdom is only found in the Lord. God has made me passionate about pursuing wisdom with every decision.
What do you pursue in your decision-making?
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