Friday, July 25, 2014

Get it Together

We need an answer to how to put life back together after an unexpected package of surprises. First of all, you can’t really put it back together, it will take God. You will only frustrate yourself like all the kings horses and all the kings men. Remember Humpty Dumpty?
Let me give you 3 reminders for getting it together:
1- read the instructions…why do we always want a shortcut? If you are like me, I often look at the picture on the box of the puzzle and simply try to imitate that. When pieces are left over and it looks slightly different than that picture, that’s when I go to the English translation of those directions. There are so many translations and none of them help except the one I understand. The bible is life's blueprint. Find one that you can read! Then read it…don’t look for a crib note version to get by…forget about the seminars and how you can be rich in 30 days by buying homes for no money down! Podcasts are good...God blasts are better! Read the Word. As painful as it may be for you, read the instructions. That’s a great place to start.
In 2 Timothy 2:15 it says…Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
2- study to show yourself approved…in other words…be diligent. Diligent hands will rule…diligent hands can make those pieces line up right.
Diligence is a steady and consistent application…you are fashioning a lifestyle change that will make your life run so much smoother and make you so much more attractive to others.
3- “don’t be ashamed”…you do not need to put yourself down because you have some assembly required. If you will stop talking down to yourself others will too. Some of life’s most beautiful things are made up of millions of pieces.

Now, get it together! Have a great Friday!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bless Others

Romans 12:4 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

One of the hardest lessons in life to learn is how to deal with circumstances that you do not control: and people that are hostile towards you. To be ridiculed, abused, betrayed or simply talked bad about is difficult to go through without feeling the need for retaliation. Our human nature seems skewed towards vengeance and getting even. But Jesus taught us another way. His plan was contrary to how we feel and how we are wired. In fact, to be like Him requires some reprogramming and some new strategies!

Jesus said to “bless those that persecute you”. Instead of raising your fist, raise a prayer. Instead of a smack down try a lift up. Bless and don’t curse. He said He would take care of the situations. When you fail to "bless" those that hurt you you stay tethered to them and the drama that they bring. When you bless them it does not say its ok. It simply releases the hold that this had on you allows God to do His work. He will bring justice. So take the high road. When we bless we release our method of justice and make way for God to take over. His ways are always better than ours. Blessing those that persecute us will never frustrate us, it will always elevate us!

James 1:12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.