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@TheGodLight  How you see life, depends on your perspective, your angle of view, if something makes no sense, look again with new eyes

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Carrying my spiritual green card (Day 6)

“Christians should carry spiritual green cards to remind us that our citizenship is in heaven.” ~ Pastor Rick Warren

Our lives are a temporary assignment, yet we act and live as if Earth is our permanent home.  Instead of isolating ourselves from the world’s attractions, we’re drawn to them and become worldly.  And, if we keep this up long enough, those who are not Christians are unable to tell what a Christian looks like. (Rom. 12:2, NIV)

Everyday is step-by-step with our Heavenly Father, and with each step I’ve got to be honest with Him, flaws and all.  “You know what, this is tough, ” I tell Him.  “I battle, I break down, I mess up, I keep messing up.   Lord, I need help!” 

Though this is a truthful prayer, does this mean things are going to get easier?  Sometimes yes, other times, NO WAY!  I’m a fan of the HBO series The Wire.  Again, what does that say about my personal struggle?

Despite the world’s allures, we must keep our eyes on the real prize.  The life that awaits us in heaven helps us realize more and more that this is a fleeting moment, a passing phase along our faith journey.  We must remember that life is a test, a trial and a temporary assignment, and that we’re preparing for something more awesome.

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What caught my eye on Twitter…..

 @teracarissa Everyday you should be able to say: I made progress today.

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How do you see life? (Day 5)

This question prompts us to take a really hard look at what Pastor Rick Warren calls our life metaphor, that view of life that each of us holds consciously or unconsciously in our minds.  It shows in the way we dress, how we speak, or even if we have a tattoo or not (yes, I have them: six, as a matter of fact!). 

In other words, the way we see our lives shapes our lives.  T.S. Eliot says this best: “Those who trust us educate us. ” 

The Bible has three metaphors that teaches God’s views to help us understand this journey called life:

  1. Life is a test;
  2. Life is a trust; and,
  3. Life is a temporary assignment.

The statement ‘Life is a test’ usually tends to be connected to words like trials, refining and even temptation.  Each of us has experienced a trial or two, whether unsuccessfully or triumphantly.  These trials build our character, and in turn, help us solidify who we are in Him.

‘Life is a trust’ speaks about stewardship.  How we treat what God blesses us tends to show the world how we regard or disregard what’s been entrusted to us, whether that’s a house, a child or a talent.

In these first two statements, the bottom line is that the more our Lord blesses us with, He expects us to become more responsible.  When we can be trusted with the little things, we can be trusted with bigger things.

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Be a light!

This little light of mine / I’m gonna let it shine

This little light of mine / I’m gonna let it shine

This little light of mine / I’m gonna let it shine

Let it shine / let it shine / let it shine

“You are the light of the world.  A city built on a hill cannot be hid.” (Matt. 5:14, NSRV)

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@hartramsey GOD expects us 2 make a move so He can order our STEPS. It’s impossible 2 direct the steps of a person who’s standing still.

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This life is not all there is! (Day 4)

“When this tent we live in – our body here on earth – is torn down, God will have a house in heaven for us to live in, a home he himself has made, which will last forever.”  (2 Cor. 5:1, TEV)

The life we’re living here is really a dress rehearsal for the lives we’ll have in heaven.  The way we prepare for eternity is to change our focus from where we are to where we’re going.  When we accept Jesus’ gift of salvation is the moment we say, “I’ve decided to follow You.  I want to become kingdom-minded instead of wrapping myself around this world.”

In accepting His precious gift, we become closer to Him, and therefore everything seems to become smaller than it appears.  For instance, I occasionally get wrapped up in what others think about me.  I hate that it trips me up every time.  Yet, in those moments I shift my focus and realize what others think about me doesn’t really matter.  Instead, what does my Heavenly Father think about me?  Would He be proud of me?

When we keep the vision of eternity etched in our minds, this contemporary short-term thinking no longer cuts it for us.  God in His bounty offers us the opportunity beyond this lifetime.  Life is like a blink of an eye, and its consequences last forever.

Stop where you are.  Shift your direction.  Live a kingdom-minded life.

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Food For Thought…..

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~ Marcel Proust

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What’s YOUR driving force? (Day 3)

When you take the time to think about this question, we’re typically driven by one of five crippling powers – guilt, anger, materialism, the need for approval or fear.  And granted, many of us won’t openly admit to these; yet, they’re the fuel that serves as our driving force.

The problem with these five forces is this: they create dead ends in this road called life; in particular, plenty of stress and an unfulfilled life. 

Living a life of purpose is the remedy for cutting off these dead ends.  When we know what we’re living for, our lives have meaning.  The day-to-day becomes more simple.  We’re focused.  We’re motivated.  And we’re prepare for eternity.

It’s understandable to feel a little trepidation when we try to wrap our minds around a purpose-driven life.   It sounds different, going against the grain of what’s “normal”.   However, the Lord is always with us, even when we feel alone.  The song You Loved Me sung by Karen Clark-Sheard and Kierra Sheard says it best:

You’re not alone
I’ll hold your hand
I’ll help you
To understand
Can’t nobody
Nobody love you
Like I can
I’ll step in
Right on
Right on time
I’m with you
Always, always
On time

So, my friend, ask yourself, what’s driving ME?  “Let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us.” (Phil. 3:15, MSG)

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What caught my eye on Twitter…..

@teracarissa Your #LIFE is your purpose.

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