For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
“This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
The world is a mess. I don’t know of many people who deny that. Morals have become distorted, God is forbidden in some places (apparently by those who think He can be told what to do), and people are more selfish than they have ever been it seems. In the midst of the craziness our job is to TRUST HIM.
We trust Him in our lives, with our marriages, with our children, with our homes and our jobs. We need to TRUST HIM. That does not mean that our lives will go exactly as we want them to go. He has warned us in His Word that we will have trouble in our lives. It does mean that when everything falls apart we still trust that He is good all the time.
When families crumble, when people leave, when children die, when loved ones do not turn to Him, when commitments are broken, when our hearts our broken, we still hold onto His promises that …
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
In this world that is a crazy mess, He has already overcome. Our job is to trust Him, to let His light shine and to take as many people as we can to Heaven with us…where the pain will stop…where we will be forever if we know Him and follow His ways.
I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.
I am glad I am not perfect. I am glad I am so far from being perfect that I have no place to judge others. Of course we all do at times, wrongfully. But…I am glad that is not my authority. (note: Christian accountability and malicious/flippant judging are very different things) I am thankful that God can see past even the ugliest of sins and see how He can use that for His glory, in many cases taking the sin away and creating a whole new person from the trials.
Right now there are some people in my life that are choosing very different paths than the ones in which they started. I have Christian and non-Christian friends trying to take control of situations that need to be given to God. Someone asked me yesterday why I want them to be in Heaven. My heart breaks over each situation. I pray that God changes their hearts quickly. I am a sinner, too. Perhaps their sins are more noticeable than mine because they are on display right now. That makes them no worse than mine. So while I pray dramatic changes in their lives, I also pray dramatic ones in mine. Though I will never be perfect on this side of Heaven, I pray that I (and everyone) will grow closer to Jesus, and His will, everyday.
Praise God who gave His only Son. Praise Jesus that His perfection reigns and that He took our place on the cross, so that when God looks on our lives He only sees the perfection of His Son.
There was a time when a person’s word meant everything. It was trusted because it marked a person’s character. If you could keep your word you were a good friend and a reliable employee. Neighbors wanted to be with you and not with the person who snubbed them in the past.
There was a time when people craved commitment and having a purpose. It was not long ago that while a great deal of people had begun not to care about those things anymore, a great presence of people still wanted to have meaning in their life. In the past decade those numbers have dwindled at an alarming rate.
There was a time when people had values. Some would argue that values have simply changed, but there is a harsh difference in a “changed value” and no value at all.
I have given the lives of my children to God. I know He has a purpose for their lives. I also am all too aware that my job is to raise them up in the way that they should go. A job that I cannot do alone. A job that is really God working through me and my husband. I pray for their salvation constantly, and for them to not fall into the millions of options of temptation that are around every corner.
I am tired of people doing what they want just because they can. I am tired of selfishness and looking out for number one. I am sorry if life isn’t always perfect, but big news is that no one’s life is perfect. Putting things and self first is not going to change that. I am tired of the “cool” people (from age 5-95) being cool because of all the “stuff” they have or all the places they have gone or stunts they have pulled.
Why isn’t it “cool” to raise a family? To commit to serving others? To lead people to Christ and know that they will live for eternity in His presence? Last I checked eternity is infinitely longer than are lives on earth…for real.
Moms and Dads may live the most exciting lives in all actuality. Most parents have children that turn their hair gray from time to time…or 10 times a day. We are always riding on the brink of disaster. ;)
I am not knocking fancy houses and cars, being promoted at your company or traveling the world. All those are wonderful things. I am challenging everyone everywhere to put people first. Keep your word, keep your promises, stay with your families even if it means sacrificing, don’t let a little pain make you run from the things you once loved.
Most importantly, love God, follow Jesus, trust in the Holy Spirit to guide you. Stand firm in your faith. If you don’t know Jesus, find out about Him and ask Him to show you the way. HAVE PURPOSE IN YOUR LIFE, don’t just follow the next “cool” guy or chase after the next best thing. Make a life you can be proud to say you lived and proud for others’ to see. Make a life that the next generation will want to live and pray for a revival in our nation.
I think one of the best ideas in a long time are the new painting places that are popping up. Most of them advertise some kind of byob, but you can certainly byo(soda) if you want. My friends and I recently tried one and it was SO much fun! It was relaxing, too! We all learned some painting techniques, brought home our own work of art and munched while we painted. Many of these painting storeso offer classes for little ones (minus the alcohol of course). I highly recommend. Here are a few of the options out there:
See if there is one in your area!
I have recently been introduced to the FitBit. It was a gift and it is super fun!
You all know I am a fitness/health guru. I am constantly trying to find the best workouts, chiseling muscle routines, healthy eating plans, and diets. Through all of this I have become a healthier person. I no longer think that I will be prettier if I am a size negative zero. I really only thought like that for a year a few years ago. I now know that I have a 10-15 pound range and both ends are very healthy. One end may be more muscle and one more thin, but both are ok. I know what I need to do to be my healthiest, I know when I don’t do that, accept it and start new the next day. I have plans on using my interest in these areas to become a personal trainer.
Enough of that ramble.
Even though I have come to this realization for me, I also know I need accountability so I don’t go crazy with laziness or gluttony. ;) The FitBit is great for that. It keeps track of everything! I can track my calories burned and eaten, how much sleep I get and its quality, my activities and how many steps I take in a day. I am currently around 13,000 steps a day. :) You can also link up with friends and have a healthy health competition.
I highly recommend this for EVERYONE. Such a great gift and tool and toy. :)
Check out their website.