Today I would like to make a difference in someone’s life. At times life can prove to be very difficult and all the focus is on problems or the things in our lives. When Jesus was walking this earth, He focused on bettering everyone’s life more than His own. How often do we do this during our busy, hectic work week? Did you know that something as small as a “Hello”, can change someone’s day? I have a challenge for all of you out there reading this right now. Pack an extra sandwich and take it to work with you today, giving it to a person who could really use it. Pay for some groceries for that person in front of the checkout that doesn’t have the full amount. Help change a tire or push a broken down car out of the street so the driver can get to safety. Write a note of encouragement to your spouse or tell somebody at work that they are doing a great job. You never know who could use that inspiration today. I heard that someone who is depressed could literally be thinking about suicide and a simple ” Hi, how is your day going,” can snap them out of that unwanted thought. This challenge is for you to be the strength that someone else doesn’t have today. Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.
I love keeping busy, whether it is helping others, being on a job, or just doing things around the house. The problem with that is I tend to take too much on my shoulders and end up lagging on things that maybe more important. Thank God for prayer! Whenever life and it’s problems get to be to much, I can always depend on God to give me the reprieve that I need. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28. Remember this verse when life gets you down, God is always there to lift that giant boulder off your shoulders, giving you much needed rest to come back strong.
What does faith mean to you? Do we think we can pick up a can of faith at the grocery store or read a billboard and all the sudden its ours. Do we think that just by saying it enough that we will automatically get some? Faith is believing in what we can’t see, putting our full trust in someone that we have never met. Have you ever heard the phrase, ” Blind faith”? This is a hard concept to grasp, stepping out onto that ledge and trusting God to catch you, but that’s exactly what we need to be able to do as we walk with God. If you don’t feel as though your strong enough to have that kind of faith just remember to pray for more faith, because the one who is strong enough is always by our side. Psalms 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though it’s waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
Sometimes, waiting on the Lord to answer your prayers or to know what He has planned for us can seem like an eternity. I fall short of this constantly. The times that I have been able to wait and have patience always ended up better than I had ever hoped. Be strong and pray consistently for God’s plan and you will be rewarded greatly.
Wait for the Lord ; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord .
Psalm 27:14 NIV
Philippians 4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Isaiah 40:29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and his mighty power. Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Karen and I had the pleasure of meeting with someone yesterday who’s lives have been turned upside down by alcohol. This person was heartbroken and felt extremely powerless over her addiction. We could see the pain in her eyes as she described the devastating effects that this disease has had on her life. As tears welled up in her eyes she was barely able to speak from the years of pain and suffering. The one thing that was consistent and repetitive in our conversation was that she felt like she had to go through this alone. That is the exact same thought that I had in my alcoholic career. Until I was able to let go and let God be in control. I had no idea that God could do such things before I really knew Him. I had just used God as a genie. I would say a prayer asking Him to give me money or a really nice car, but would never give anything to Him. I would never say, “God, I’m completely and utterly powerless over this addiction and need your help”, instead I would just think that I was strong enough to defeat it. This thought is absolutely ludicrous, after many failed attempts I was able to humble myself, admit that I was powerless and laid down my alcoholic addiction at God’s feet. God is always with us no matter what we do or have going on in our lives and He wants to guide us through every situation whether good or bad. If anyone is reading this today that has any kind of addiction and you want to break your addiction, you need to know that the creator of the heavens and earth is waiting to help you and all that is needed is to ask. Dear heavenly father thank you for another beautiful day. Please forgive us for our sins and trespasses and guiding us on this new day to become a better Christian than we were the day before. Lord, I have an addiction today that has taken control over my life and it needs to cease. God, I place this burden at your feet because it’s too much for me to bear. I admit that I am powerless over my addiction, but you are the great and powerful God. Help me to break these chains that bind me to be the best servant for you, In Jesus precious name AMEN.
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, follow the example of Christ. He love dis and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. Ephesians 5:1-2
As we grow up we look to our parents for guidance and courage. We imitate the things that they do and say because they are our role models. Most of us turn 18 and think that we know it all and our education from our folks is finished. This couldn’t be farther from the truth, this is the time that we need to focus more on our Heavenly Father and what He has to offer. Just imagine if we fully imitated God, how much better our lives would be. Imagine putting into practice loving they neighbors, or praying in any and all situations for Him to give you strength, wisdom, just to say thank you, or to rest in His warm embrace. There is so much to learn from our God and the time to start imitating Him and His words is right now. Heavenly Father thank you for blessing us with this beautiful day and giving us a chance to be a better Christian than the day before. Lord, please lead us and guide us towards imitating everything that you do day after day, so that it is fully ingrained in us. Thank you for being with us , in us, and around us, in Jesus precious name AMEN.