Archive for April, 2013

Use It!

April 30th, 2013

Faithful readers of this little spot on the internet know that I shared short pithy sayings quite often. Today will be no exception!

I saw this last week

The person who refuses to read holds little advantage over the one who cannot read.

It’s a bit of a brain teaser, but wow is it true, not only in reading, but in so many walks of life.   If we have skills and talents, but refuse to put them into practice, then we are really no better than the person who doesn’t have that skill.  Knowledge is great, but knowledge put into practice allows great things to occur!

Sound familiar?  How about this

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22-25 (NIV)

and this

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully Romans 12 NIV

Use what you have been given today!

Signs

April 29th, 2013

Last Friday while I was out running some errands I stopped by a local McDonald’s.  After parking, I walked up to the door where I read a small sign that I thought was a little negative in context, but I went past not giving it much thought.  However, as I walked to the rear of the restaurant there on the wall was a sign that read “No Loitering, 30 Minute limit while consuming food”. Wow!  When I left, well within the 30 minute limit, I noticed a third sign in the pull up to the drive thru – “Have Payment Ready for Faster Processing”, or something like that.  I left thinking that however truthful the message and the need was for each sign, they were not saying “I’m Loving It”.  I think I had more of the “I’m Leaving It!” feeling.

This made me think about the signs we hang on ourselves each day as we interact with people.  What do you think your signs are saying?  Think about that and how they help or hurt your ability to impact those around you!

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. 2 Corinthians 5:20

Fear for Friday

April 26th, 2013

Yeah, it’s Friday. The end of week where I have been giving a lot of thought to what success and failure in this little world of ours really means.  Earlier in the week, I rediscover this little gem from one of ‘muh favs’ – Mr. Francis Chan.

 “Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”–Francis Chan

That’s a pretty chilling comment.  One that for me produces a bit of introspection each time I reread those words.  What are you succeeding at that really doesn’t matter?  Are you winning the argument, but losing the person?  Are  you making money to buy stuff that just doesn’t really add value?  Are you the best at the worst possible thing?

Spend a little time in introspection today and remember these little thoughts from that guy who well succeeded at some really important things.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. — Jesus Christ

 

 

 

 

Exchange?

April 25th, 2013

Well it’s another one of those things that rolls around every morning – a new day! And this time you get to pick how you spend it again!  Remember to choose your actions and how you spend this time carefully – you are exchanging a day of your life for it!

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 1 Peter 1:18-19 NIV

Others First

April 24th, 2013

I know I write often about putting others first – mostly because I usually place them second or third, or maybe 19th.  But it’s my goal to place others first, and to always find ways to make others better.  So, when I see incredible examples of this, I like to share them with you.

This morning I discovered a story of a college track athlete named Cameron Lyle, who is ending his track career to donate bone marrow to someone he does not know.  That’s really neat.  Take a look at this article HERE.

That’s really good stuff.  I hope you find it a bit of inspiration in the story that enables you to give to others in whatever way you can today!

…only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs… Ephesians 4:29