No matter what our circumstances are, our lives still speak. The Bible teaches us that everybody matters, so even if someone doesn't have the appearance of success, if they are a widow, is to young, is to old, or handicapped, or divorced, or just seem to be someone that society has thrown away...their lives--our lives--still have a story to tell.
Often times we don't hear God because we've either filled our lives with so much noise we can't, or we're afraid to hear what He has to say. But if we're still and open to His voice, we'll find He's right there with us.
From even the smallest seeds can come great things. We should always be ready to listen to God when He wants us to do something, no matter how insignificant it might seem or how far out of our comfort zone it might send us.
We can't explain all the contradictions of this life, all the intricacies, and all of the problematic issues that we face. But one thing we know, one day all that is wrong will be made right through the name of Jesus.
Have you ever found yourself not giving as much grace to the poor as you do to others around you? We pass judgment and make assumptions about the poor, yet Jesus says our voice towards the poor must be one of grace, of favor, of not judging them, and not trying to "fix" them. Jesus shows us undeserved and unmerited favor, and if we follow Him we are to treat people with that same grace and favor.
Communication isn't always easy, and sometimes things like technology can get in the way of real communication with other people. Even more so, what is it in your life that might be preventing you from hearing what God is saying?
Jesus calls us to do hard things like accepting that He is in control of everything, including the government and its officials. And if the earthly government collides with God, He asks us to have the courage to stand with Him still.
Outside of your relationship with God, there should be nothing more important in this world than protecting your relationship with your spouse. Then you as a couple become a living example of God's relationship with the church.
It is possible for us to spend our entire lives in church, proclaiming the coming of Jesus, sharing how much God loves us, how merciful He is...but if we don't have love for everyone and always, we've completely missed the point.
Worship is a decision, it's a state of mind, an attitude, a posture. It is our heart and our mind making a decision for Christ, so we can't help but have Him overflow from our lives. That is what it means to worship in spirit and in truth.
Being sure you are right, and purging those who are wrong, sometimes seems like the road to peace. But it isn’t. Only love, as revealed through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, brings peace, and joy, and harmony. We are here to build the Kingdom of God by each of us, alone and together, living the Gospel in everything we do. And step one to achieving this goal is: we must love one another.