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Every Gesture Matters

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I often find that my intentions never reach the point of action.  Do you?  I saw the above clip and was reminded that no one knows our intentions, but the action of that intention turned into a gesture can go a long way.

I am a “touchy feely” person by nature.  That’s not always a good thing.  But, I’m always happy about that when I see a widow or widower because many people who live alone are seldom touched. That may not seem like a big deal to those of us who are still married or have children that live at home or near us.  But I have had elderly people tell me the impact a single touch can have because they are rarely touched.

How many times have you heard someone say, “I was about to…. and then…”?  Maybe it was “end it all and then I heard this song” or “give up and then he/she told me I could get through this”.  You know what I’m talking about.

Be reminded that every act of kindness, whether it was intentional or not, has an impact on the person for which it was given and often on someone who saw it. You never know if your word of encouragement reached a person in a deep way that you had no idea.  You  don’t know if that handshake, pat or hug warmed the heart of someone who misses physical touch.

Sometimes I think if I don’t do something “big”, then I might as well not do anything at all.  That is so wrong.

Jesus said in Matthew 25:40 “Truly I say to you, to the extend you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”

Don’t underestimate the power you have in a person’s life with a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of kindness.

Blessings ~ W

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Church – more than a building

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I recently read the book, Everyday Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. They remind us that we are called to live out our faith everyday just like the early believers in 1 Peter. Ever since Jesus walked the earth, believers have been pushed to the margins of society.

The early church faced daunting persecution, as believers all over the world are facing today; and yet, they lived out their faith everyday. Near the end of the book, the authors ask and answer questions as to whether or not we have what it takes to live as God’s people.  Yes, we do.  Through our faith in Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit, we have what it takes.

“Do we have the imagination to be what we can and should be as the people of God? Do we have the desire to be the people of God together on mission? Can we move beyond church as a weekly service and become a community that shares life and mission? Can we be a people for whom church and mission are our identity rather than occasional events? God gave His Son and sends His Spirit so we can be His people and live as His people.” (Everyday Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis)

In a post-Christian society, people do not come to our church events all that much just because we ask them.  No longer does the Bible carry weight for society as the moral, ethical and evangelical standard of authority.  Times have changed. And so must we.  No, the gospel message will never change, but we can no longer passively invite people to come to church and expect to see souls saved.  We MUST LIVE IT.  Loving people, helping people, encouraging people and telling people the GOOD NEWS of CHRIST everyday.

Yes, we still need church meetings to strengthen and encourage believers so we can serve and share everyday.  It needs to be part of our fuel but service is outside the walls of the church building.  WE are the CHURCH and WE must be telling the world about Jesus or how will they come to know Him?

America has been blessed for so many years because our founding fathers built our country on Christianity.  However, America has changed and is changing.  Do you find yourself more and more on the margins of society?

The authors remind us that from the time Jesus walked on the earth, Christians have been pushed to the margins of society – persecuted for the faith.  And, they remind us that it is during those times that the gospel is spread the most.

“But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;” 1 Peter 3:15

Believer, you are here now for this time in history. Are you ready?

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Set My Soul on Fire, Lord

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What sets your soul on fire?  What are you passionate about?  What do you long to be passionate about?

We all pursue something.  Jesus said the greatest commandment is to …”love the Lord your God with all you heart, soul, mind and strength”.  Now that’s a great pursuit.

Scripture also teaches us to ask and we will receive.  I’m pretty sure if we ask God to kindle a flame in our heart for Him, His people and the lost, He will do just that!

We used to sing a song in Church titled “Set My Soul on Fire”.  It talks about asking God to burn His Word deep within me. Isn’t that what we are to do? Don’t you know that what is in the heart comes out?

We should be fearless in the pursuit of what sets our soul on fire – Jesus!  If we fearlessly pursue Him we will love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength AND we will love others.  We will express that love by sharing our faith with those who don’t know our Lord and we will encourage those who do.

Join me in fearlessly pursuing Jesus!  We only have one life so live that life of purpose.  Choose this day Whom you will serve.

Be fearless!

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What Are You Waiting For?

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I think it was Jeff Foxworthy with the joke “here’s your sign” or maybe it was an old song.  I can’t recall for sure, but we are all familiar with the adage “here’s your sign.”

If you’re like me, sometimes we know what we need to do but we put off doing it until we are absolutely, positively, completely and beyond sure.  Well, if that’s you – HERE’S YOUR SIGN.

“I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime;”  Ecclesiastes 3:12

What is it the Lord is calling you to do? Is it a service in some way?  Is it to let go of something that you’ve been holding on to …a habit …a relationship …bitterness? Is it to start something new? I know it may seem easy for me to write this when I have no clue what you are going through, but trust me when I say “here’s your sign” applies to me ALL THE TIME!

Sometimes we use that phrase when something funny happens and it just fits.  But sometimes I wonder what we’re really waiting for?  What am I waiting for?  I actually have a couple of things that I’m pretty confident I am being called to do.  Do you think God keeps putting people, suggestions and outright signs in my path telling me, yet again, “here’s your sign”? I think He does, but He shouldn’t have to.  All of us get trapped in fear at times.  Afraid to fail. Afraid of what others will say. Afraid of success…

To  you and me, “If you’re waiting for a sign-THIS is IT!”

Blessings!