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A Lil’ Piece of Advice…

adviceThe artwork above gives pretty sound advice.  I’ve heard it said many times that you should only take advice from someone you are willing to trade places with and that is sound in a lot of respects.  For example, if I am trying to better my investments I would not want advice from someone who doesn’t have any or if I am trying to understand a nursing concept I should get advice from a nurse proficient in that area.

But the best advice one could EVER get comes from God’s Word, the Holy Bible.  Now, you should understand that it may fly in the face of everything you’ve been told by society.  Let’s say you want to “become great”.  Society teaches us that we must “climb the proverbial latter” and, let’s be honest, you do that by “stepping on heads”.

Jesus said in Mark 9:35 …“If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”

Not exactly what society tells us, huh? Perhaps the point here is to be very careful from whom you seek advice.  We are quick to run to someone who will tell us what we want to hear rather than what we need to hear.

If you’re a believer, I urge you so seek out what scripture says when needing some advice.  If you just have to talk it over with someone (as we often do), then choose that person wisely.  Be sure to seek counsel from someone who is living a godly life – practicing what they preach.  You know they will direct you to what scripture teaches, even if it’s not what you want to hear.

But the best advisor is the Holy Spirit who teaches us all things.  You learn from Him by consistently studying the Bible. Trust me, He comes through loud and clear when you seek Him.

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Life is But A Vapor

Life is but a vapor and I am realizing that all too well.  This week I turned 50.  FIFTY!  Did I just say fifty?  Oh my, yes I did…ugh 50.

Well, it’s not as bad as it sounds.  It was just another precious day on this earth and another glorious day closer to HOME. If you are a believer, you totally understand.

I recently saw this…

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While we don’t always get to “just take another shot”, it is pretty good advice.  I know that in my half a century, I have learned to “focus on what’s important”.  We waste so much time on things of no eternal value that if we’re not careful, we’ll miss things that are everlasting.

Once you learn to “focus on what’s important”, you can truly “capture the good times”. You realize that people are most important and you value the time you have with them.  Hopefully, sharing Christ or celebrating Christ with them.

As we know, not all times are good.  So when the bad/negative times come (and they will), we need to grow and learn from them…”develop from the negatives”.

Good or bad, we should strive to make our lives count for the kingdom. We know that things don’t always work out, and even though we can’t always “just take another shot”, most of the time we can.

Thankfully, we serve a Savior Who is the Redeeming God and His mercies are new every morning – so try again…and again…until He calls you home.

Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.  James 4:14

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Part 2 of Making 2107 Even Better

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Last week we were reminded of the greatest commandment – to love God with all our heart, soul and mind.

Jesus went on to say that the second is like it. “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39

Most of us know this as the “Golden Rule”.  If you’re my age or older, your mamma probably taught you this as a child when she was teaching you to play nice.

If we are being intentional in our relationship with Jesus like we talked about last week, then we should also be intentional with this second command.  We are to be a conduit, if you will, for the love of God to others.  This may sometimes happen in passing as the love of God “spills” over onto others that we are near. But to live on purpose, we will have to plan some opportunities for the love of God to “wash” over someone we are with. After all, we are asking God to “Make It Count”, right?

You don’t have to look far to see someone in need. I am finding there is NEVER a time that I can’t do something…I can always pray for them. And that is the most important thing we can and should do for anyone. Often times I find that there is usually something I can physically do for them, too.  It may be a word of encouragement or a helping hand. But if I’m not being intentional about serving God by serving others, I’ll miss it.

I am working on intentionally reaching out to someone I don’t know or don’t know well so I can build a relationship with them.  In that relationship, I’ll have more opportunities to share the love of Christ with them. And that’s what life is all about.

In case you haven’t figured it out, life is an active sport.  We are to be on the track running the race not on the sidelines. I heard a gentleman say the other day that when you see the finish line in a race, you kick it in gear.  He said he was reaching his retirement time and didn’t know how long God would leave him on earth, but that he felt like this was the final stretch of his race.  So he was kicking it in gear to serve more people than ever for the glory of God. He is a physician and he started a free medical clinic in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

I don’t know about you, but that spoke volumes to me. Let’s love God with everything we’ve got so we can love our neighbors as ourselves!

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Let’s Make 2017 Even Better

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Well it’s January 6, 2017. Can you believe it? I’ve heard so many people say they are so glad 2016 is over. Done. Finished! I can understand that if 2016 was a hard year for you.  I’ve certainly had them. But what if 2016 was great?  Are you going to make 2017 even better?

My pastor always says that we should ask Christ to “Make it Count” rather than make it better. (For the record, I think he’s right.) If we are going to truly mean it when we ask God to ‘Make it Count’, then shouldn’t we be intentional about our relationship with Him?

Jesus said the greatest commandment is, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all you soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)

Our relationship with Christ is first!  It must be on fire if the love of God is going to pass through us onto those we meet. But how can we love God more?  We spend time with Him – alone – everyday.  We read His love letter to us – that’s the Bible. We memorized scripture so we can recall it in hard times.  We listen to His ‘still small’ voice and we obey it – immediately. Everyday we should be getting to know Him more intimately than the day before.

I’ve been married over 31 years. (I know that’s hard to believe, but he robbed the cradle! Anyway, I digress.) Let me tell you that when we got married, I was IN LOVE with that man. All these years later I LOVE him even more!  I know him better.  We’ve been through good and bad times together.  The longer we’re married, the more alike we become – well, I’ll use that loosely…

Jesus compared His relationship with His followers to the relationship of marriage.  He is the groom and we are the bride.  When I gave me heart to Jesus at salvation, I loved Him so much for saving me. I’ve been saved (His bride) now for 37 years.  I know Him better now than back then.  He has been with me – never leaving me – through good and bad times. The longer I belong to Him the more I (hopefully) am becoming like Him.

This year, I’m going to live on purpose.  I want everything I do and say and become to COUNT for the kingdom of God.

Won’t you join me? Let’s make 2017 even better than any year before…let’s make it count for the Kingdom of Christ!