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Often times we have our attentions and hearts focused on the wrong things. When we do, we can miss the point of our relationship with God; even worse, we can actually end up working against it even when we don't mean to so so. If the point is to draw nearer to Christ in this life, to respond to others in the way that he did, then there is never really an end to our journey: if we are trying to reach God. However, if our focus is on the wrong thing, if it is upon ourselves and our attempt to...
What Our Treasure Buys Us
The things that we cherish most will be the things that determine if we react to overwhelming events in our lives or if we respond to them. Will we react in fear or respond in hope? When it's all over, will we be broken, or will we be changed?
Escaping Judgementalism: Trust & Release
Trust is the key to escaping the entanglement that results from being judgemental. As we choose to hold on to our distrust, we increase the likelihood that we will point out the specks in others' eyes while more easily ignoring the beams in our own. This distrust and its ensuing judgementalism will prevent us from living freely in the life that God has ordered around us, a life of grace and hope, and will bring us only isolation and ever increasing anxiety. As we learn to trust more deeply...
You Look Marvelous
(But how do you feel?) It takes time to develop trust, be it in God, others, or in ourselves. We can begin to cultivate trust if we make the choice to seek it, to spend time focusing our attention upon the excellent and the honorable. As we remain present in the lives of others and seek the best in and for them, even though at times it is rather difficult to find the good in some people, we may very well some to see and trust in God's presence in our own lives more clearly. To get to this...
Trust and the Heart of Gold
The foundation of every relationship that we have, be it with God, other people, institutions and even our stuff is trust. Our ability to trust indicates how effectively we will be able to participate in God's blessing for ourselves and for others. Fortunately, trust is choice; unfortunately, trust often requires us to choose against our own immediate self-interests in the hope of a better future.
You Are More Than You Think
We have all been equipped to see others through the same eyes as God does. We can align our motivations and inclinations with our Creator's because we have been blessed with glory and honor. See Psalm 8 for more details. "The Majesty and Glory of Your Name" is by Tom Fettke and is intended to inspire this needed change in all of us and to remind us of what we were actually created to be.
God Knows Why
Why does God want us to have the fullest life that we possibly can have? What's God's angle? The short answer that we most often get is love. Ok. But there's a problem here: People have very different experiences of love; many definitions of this, dare I say overused, word exist. Yes, God does indeed desire our wellbeing because of love, but that reality does not get as to why God desires us to receive grace, comfort, hope, inclusion and forgiveness. What is God's purpose for ministry to...
We're Counting on You
You can start becoming a newer, better you when you begin the sometimes difficult process of renewing your mind as you make the choice to view others and yourself in a different light.
What We Leave Behind
The wonderful news is that God desires to enter into a relationship with us just as we are. Divine love then transforms us into something new, so we can receive all the blessings that God wants to share. If God welcomes us, warts and all, knowing that where the Spirit moves change comes, we Christians should try to follow suit.
We should not expect to get to our final destination overnight. We will all have to take it one day at time after we make that first decision to change our ways of thinking and living. The conviction to make that change is from God and is proof that no one faces these life-altering moments alone.
Let There Be Light
Our story begins with light at the dawn of creation which then becomes love at the start of the new creation. God desires for us all to experience life at its fullest and most joyful. But to do so, we must decide to make the first step on the Way that leads to home.