1 John 2:15-17New Living Translation (NLT). Do Not Love This World
15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
Is this passage relevant to our daily lives or what? Wow! After reading it, my first thought is that this passage needs to be in regular rotation for me. I don’t know about you, but living in this world, it seems we are bombarded relentlessly by all kinds of messages that attempt to influence how we spend our time and attention and the majority of those things have no eternal value. Continue reading “Beyond Me”
Love others as you love yourself. Sounds easy enough. Treat others as you would want to be treated. Pretty straightforward.
Christ came to set you and I free, He set us free so we could love one another, so that we could spread His love to those around us who need to feel it and know it, just as we want to feel and know it. It’s simple really, but we can make it difficult fairly easily.
We make it difficult when we come up with our own plans, when we develop our own agenda and what we want crowds out God’s plan and closes our ears to His voice. Continue reading “We Make It Difficult”
How do you respond when you feel unsafe? When you have exposed your weakness in an effort to be authentic, only to get a swift kick in the gut as a “thank you”.
I can tell you what my immediate reflex is. Shut down mode. Walls up. Armor on.
How do you remain open and real in the midst of betrayal? How do you continue to fully show up and engage when you have been hurt and disappointed? How do you find a path forward with someone who may never own up to the harm they’ve caused? Continue reading “Lessons from the Pain”
Pain is always telling us something if we’re listening. Lately, the blister I developed on my left pinky toe was telling me I needed to invest in a new pair of shoes.
The problem with pain is you have to feel it in order to hear what it’s telling you. Ignoring it won’t work, numbing it only lasts momentarily and running from it is awfully tiring. Continue reading “What is Your Pain Telling You?”
Self reflection can be tiring, but I would assume fairly essential to recognizing what in life may need changed. So this is the question I’ve been chewing on lately. Do I turn to the right “things” when life is hard? When I’m overwhelmed? When I’m ______ (you can fill in the blank).
More importantly, I have been examining what my initial reactions are…what’s my default position when the going get’s tough? Who or what do I turn to when I need comfort? Continue reading “What Does Your Pain Drive You To?”
Excuses. I’m pretty good at convincing myself and others around me. I have come up with lot’s of reasons over different seasons about why I could not go after what God was calling me to do. Let’s see…I’ve been too busy, too single, too female, too fat, too quiet, too…. Go ahead, fill in the blank.
What are your excuses? What makes you not enough? What keeps you from going for all God has for you? What do you allow to count you out? Continue reading “What’s Your Excuse?”
Ok, how many of you are singing in your head now? Love me some Stevie Wonder! Somewhere in my childhood memories, I remember my dad calling in to the local radio station, MIXX 96.1, where in response to his melodious on air delivery of the lyrics, “I just called to say, I love you, I just called to say how much I care, I just called to say, I love you and I mean it from the bottom of my heart.”. Well, in response to that he won a fairly large supply of Diet Coke! It was a day of celebration in our household!!
Now, I can’t promise that your proclamation of love for someone will win you Diet Coke, but I do believe it will spread lot’s of goodness around. It is so easy in life to know inside that we love others, but how often do we on purpose, tell them? When was the last time, you called them just to say “I love you”? Continue reading “I Just Called To Say I Love You”