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What Caught My Eye On Twitter…..

@Sky21King Remember a bend in the road is not the end of the road…unless you fail to make the turn. Life is good so embrace it!  #AttackTheDay

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Should You Choose To Accept Your Assignment….. (Day 29)

I’m a James Bond movie fan, particularly those with Sean Connery and Roger Moore.  They played the role to a T.  Pierce Brosnan was pretty good as 007, too.

As I read this latest chapter in The Purpose Driven Life, I thought about Mr. Bond.  We each have assignments that God has called us to fulfill in our lifetime.  Like the assignments given him in over 20 movies, we too have the choice to accept the assignment of engaging in the full-time ministry of adding life to those around us. 

God placed us here to contribute the gifts, abilities and talents He’s given us to give to the world.  We’re blessed to be a blessing, and saved and called to serve God.

In classic James Bond fashion, ‘M’ gives him the details of the assignment.  The Bible does, too:

“Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I chose you.  Before you were born, I set you apart for a special work.”  (Jeremiah 1:5, NCV)

“It is he who saved us and chose us for his holy work, not because we deserved it but because that was his plan.” (II Timothy 1:9,LB)

“All of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.” (I Corinthians 12:27, NLT)

“If you insist on saving your life, you will lose it.  Only those who throw away their lives for my skae and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live.” (Mark 8:35, LB)

As we fulfill these assignments of service, we’re also preparing for eternity.  Each time we use our God-given abilities, we’re fulfilling our calling, whether we’re singing in the choir or cooking a meal for a bereaved family.  Like ‘Q’ and his team of scientists, they too were a part of fulfilling 007’s assignment.  Every ministry matters because they’re inter-connected.  (I Corinthians 12, NIV) 

Just as the ministries are connected, so are our spiritual muscles.  They must be worked out daily in order for them to grow and be strengthened.  When we don’t, spiritual atrophy sets in, hindering us from true blessing and true life significance.  We shine when we’re helping others.

Go ahead, make a difference in the world around you.  Should you choose to accept your assignment, allow God to work it out.

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This song has been on my mind today…..

As we draw closer to God and understand what our assignment is, we must forever be kingdom-minded.  Canton Jones always makes sure the music he produces conveys this message.

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What Caught My Eye On Twitter…..

@teracarissa #Time has a way of exposing what the enemy tried to keep covered up.

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What Caught My Eye On Twitter…..

@hartramsey IN the WORLD but not OF it brings victory. OF the WORD but not IN it brings defeat. #ReadYourBibleHearGodSpeak

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What Caught My Eye On Twitter…..

@jenellethemodel God speaks in so many ways……the question is are you listening for His voice?

This tweet speaks to my next blog entry, to be written and posted later today……

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I Want It Right Now!!! (Day 28)

“Everything on earth has its own time and its own season.” (Ecclesiates 3:1, CEV)

Yesterday I came to the conclusion that I’m a three-year old trapped in a 43-year old’s body.  I feel as if God has me on the verge of something big, something beyond my wildest dreams.  Yet, I can’t see the forest from the trees, and my frustration levels are through the roof.

The chapter speaks to this, and the first words I read last night were, “there are no shortcuts to maturity.”  Why not?  I want my blessings, my growth and my joy RIGHT NOW!  God in His infinite wisdom and love made it so that our spiritual growth happens gradually, similar to how a newborn baby or a newly-planted sycamore tree grows.  We worry about how fast we grow when the Lord is concerned about how strong we grow as His disciples.  The Word tells us that “Our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like Him.” (II Corinthians 3:18b, Msg)

We still haven’t answer the million dollar question: why does our growth take so darn long?  Pastor Rick Warren pinpoints several reasons:

We’re slow learners.  We have a tendency to keep bumping into the same tired habits that hinder us, the sins that trap us and the same problems that recur.  God in His patience teaches us lessons that many times have to be repeated as many times as possible until that “A-ha” moment happens.

We’ve got a lot to unlearn and a lot to relearn.  Our problems and bad habits didn’t happen overnight, and neither can we expect to resolve and retool them overnight, either.

Facing the truth about ourselves is tough.  The truth hurts, and it’s only when we allow God to show us where we fall short do we begin to experience His love and grace to develop in character.  We must be moldable and teachable.

Growing is painful and tends to be scary.  Change is scary, especially when we become comfortable with what’s familiar, no matter how bad or wrong for us it is.

Our habits take time to develop.  It’s said that it takes 21 days to develop a habit and about the same amount of time to let it go.  No matter if it a bad or good one, habits are practiced.  Yet, the Lord desires us to practice spiritual discipline, be proactive in repeating good habits such as service, fellowship and grace.  

When we allow ourselves to grow in spiritual maturity, it’s best to cooperate with God rather than go against the grain.  Trust me on this.  We must believe that He’s working in our lives even when we can’t feel it or see the results.  Again, think sycamore tree. 

Second, we must try to be patient with the Lord and with ourselves, and not to get discouraged in the process.  God’s time isn’t the same as our society’s microwave time.  We grow through trials, temptations and triumphs.

We’ve gotta hang in there, y’all.  Our change is coming.

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What Caught My Eye On Twitter…..

@TiffaniRains Don’t expect your journey to explain itself…Your destination explains your journey.

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I Found Another Gem…..

@Sky21King When all hope seems lost & nobody believes in U. U must dig deep within 2 find inner strength & find a way 2 get it done. #AttackTheDay

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What Caught My Eye On Twitter…..

@ralphmarston  Take the time to think before you act, and your actions will take you where you want to go with no regrets.

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