Monday, January 03, 2011
2 Corinthians 5
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old is gone, the new is here.” –2 Corinthians 5: 17
The confetti is all but cleaned up, the streamers are in the trash, and the calendar is brand new. Deep breath…ah, so this is 2011! But it doesn’t take long for things to feel normal again does it? For some reason, the commute this morning is still bumper to bumper, co-workers are still grumpy, and junk food made its way to your lunch box. Seems last year’s ho-hums and habits still cast their shadows.
Truth is, a new year is only new if we make it that way. For you and me, a change in year only matters when it changes in here (this is me pointing to my heart). So starting today, no matter what seems old, let’s find a way to make it new. That commute? Try seeing it as an extended quiet time with the Lord. Those co-workers? Be the only one in the office unwilling to gossip. And at lunch, be the first to push away from the table as a way to praise the Lord for health. Slowly but surely, we’ll realize the difference is in us. Seems those weren’t shadows after all.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Read: Matthew 6
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” –Matthew 6:1
We’ve been talking a lot lately about the importance of our physical health as a means of praise, and if that has reached your heart, we’re so blessed. If the mere prospect of a new day is reason enough to praise God with smarter choices at the dinner table, then great. Because you’re right…it’s not about the body.
With that said, perhaps the challenge is to be healthy, quietly. In truth, if our health is praise, there’s no need for a declaration of independence from a sedentary lifestyle, and no need to sound the alarm against a less-than-stellar diet. No speeches, no “look at what I’m doing for God” announcements. We’re called to take care of the body that carries the soul, period. So let’s allow the byproducts of our obedience do the talking.
Push away from the table sooner, quietly.
Turn the TV off earlier to go outside, quietly.
Praise God with your health, quietly.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The Next Step
The first step needs action to start it,
The last requires patience to end,
So we question, which one's most important,
When we realize our dreams' our best friend.
Well, the answer is neither, they're equal,
But the one that will help you win through
And connect what you start to the finish,
Is the next step that's waiting for you.
Life's dreamers are great Goal Achievers!
Their faith and persistence just blends
Into one awesome cocktail of knowledge,
That whatever they want they can get.
You see, they never visualize failure,
It's success that they see shining through.
It's essential to start and to finish,
But the next step is what you must do.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
"Life is a competition not with others, but with ourselves. We should seek each day to live stronger, better, truer lives; each day to master some weakness of yesterday; each day to repair a mistake; each day to surpass ourselves."
~David B. Haight~
Few of us will ever compete in an arena such as the Olympics or professional sports. However, each day we compete in the arena of life and self-improvement. If we embrace the teachings of today's quote, a personal gold medal is within our reach.
Today, do at least one of the following:
- live a stronger, better, truer life
- master some weakness of yesterday
- repair a mistake
- surpass yesterday
I become stronger everyday.
Source: Brook Noel
Thursday, August 26, 2010
"Do not ask God to guide your footsteps if you are not willing to move your feet."
Some people pray to God for change or guidance. Others just want change or guidance. Either
way, there is always one very important question that needs to be asked: "What are you prepared to do?"
While we might desire, yearn or wish for change, if we aren't prepared to be an active participant then we should not expect much. Being open to change is an important first step, meeting change half-way with action is the next.
How active have you been in pursuing change? Make sure your actions are equal to, or exceed, your desire.
source: brook noel
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