‘For you will always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.’ Mark 14:7-9



All of us have something in our past we wish we could change.

When we become a Christian we wish everything in our past could just go away.

We need to move beyond the destructive past and into a productive future in Christ.

We should begin to ask ourselves what we can change in our lives that can move us forward in our relationship with Christ.

What things can we change and what things are beyond our control to change.

Because of unwise decisions in our past we may lack confidence and wisdom to try and make the decisions we need to make to make the changes we need to make.

We may be afraid to carry out God’s will because we are afraid of others criticism.

Common sense could be defined as our ability to figure out in advance what the likely consequences of our choices and actions will be.

We are told that ‘Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgement.’ Proverbs 4:7

We can exercise common sense by thinking about what we can do and then doing the things we can.

A woman wanted to do something to demonstrate her love for Jesus, so she poured some expensive perfume on his head.

The disciples criticized her for doing this.

Jesus came to her defense with these words, ‘Leave her alone. Why criticize her for doing such a good thing to me?…She has done what she could.’

These are words we can cling to.

God wants to renew our mind and help us develop wisdom and common sense.

As we try to sort out our choices and develop common sense, people may criticize us.

But we can trust that God will come to our defense, as long as we do what Scripture directs us to do.


God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.


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