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Good Intentions

I fear for our society. We live in a confused world, and that shouldn’t be surprising since we live in a world that does not want to acknowledge God, the One who is not the Author of Confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). Today’s society is lost. It’s lost and it’s searching for something, instead of Someone, Jesus Christ. And unfortunately, people don’t realize that the beauty in searching for Christ is that He allows you to find Him. The game of hide-n-seek we think He’s playing is actually us hiding from Him. 

Some way, somehow, we’ve convinced ourselves that because I have the right, it is right. That’s certainly not true. And somehow, we’re operating under the belief that if a person means well that should be good enough.  

We live any kind of way, and then run for cover under the umbrella of grace as our self-storm of sins pours down. And don’t get me wrong, God is gracious. He’s so gracious that even though He knows, and we know we won’t do better, He’s still willing to extend a handful of forgiveness, grace, and mercy. 

I fear that not just society, but Christians are in a place where we want our good intentions to get us an honorable mention before God. I fear us valuing a wrong belief system. One that says, if we do enough good, we are good enough. One that says if we meant well, that’s just as well. And sadly, I think many of us are beginning to believe that God should be satisfied with us trying or intending. Christians, who know better do better, and understand that God can’t be satisfied with us being our second-best selves when He created us for so much. 

As for intentions, God examines our true intentions, and He says it’s a sin if you know you can do better and still don’t. When you do God’s will, God’s way, in humility before Him, no honorable mention is necessary. God, Himself, will honor you. (James 4:10, 1 Peter 5:6) 

Proverbs 16:2 People may be pure in their own eyes,
but the Lord examines their motives. 

James 4:17 Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. 

 

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Work work work work work!

It’s easy to work for money. It’s easy to work for prestige. It’s easy to work for power. Those are typical reasons that a lot of people work, right?

You know what doesn’t seem as easy? Working for God.

It’s not that you don’t want to, it’s just that it’s not, easy. Who wants to be the first in and last out? Who wants to constantly keep their mouth in check? Who wants to serve those they supervise? On a good day, a few people do. On a bad day, no one probably.

But God doesn’t call us to be fair weather employees anymore than He calls us to be fair weather Christians. So what do you do?

You work as unto the LORD, whether it’s easy or hard. You work for God whether you feel like it or not. You work for God no matter what, because in essence, your work for Him is all that matters.

Colossians 3:23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

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WordPress Anniversary

Well, since it’s my anniversary with WordPress, I figure I should press the keys on my laptop a bit. I’ll keep it short. Mainly because I don’t know what I’m about to say.

I enjoy writing. I enjoy seeing people read what I write. I enjoy when people comment that they enjoyed what I wrote. I enjoy when people share what I wrote. I enjoy having new followers. I enjoy the likes. Those stars at the bottom of my articles make me happy. I appreciate your support.

But there was a whole lot of I in the above paragraph. Wasn’t it?

I remember the reason I started this blog. I started off blogging because I wanted to keep up with my writings (it just seemed easier). I wanted to honor God in my writing as well. And people always said you should write a book or something. So I did both.

The point I’m getting at is that I never want to forget why I started. The most important reason I do anything is to honor God. And I just want to take this anniversary post opportunity to remind myself that the only like that matters is the one by the One who created stars.

 

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Work Hard, Honor God

Work Hard, Honor God

Ephesians 6:7

 

It was the first week of school and Brandon was excited about his new school year. They already had their first test scheduled for Friday. While his friends decided to talk during their free time in class, Brandon decided he would spend his working on practice problems for the test. His friends didn’t understand why he was working so hard, but Brandon had a bigger goal in mind.

Test day came and Brandon made an A on his test. When he got home that day, he looked at the scripture he had memorized over the summer. It was Ephesians 6:7, “Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”

You may not have a job, but right now school is your work. It may not seem important to work hard at it, but it is. God’s word commands us as His children to work hard in order to bring Him glory. It’s a new school year. For some of you, that might mean new friends, new classes, and even better, new opportunities to honor God. Work hard, not just for your teachers, not just for yourself, but for God. This year, honor God and have fun. After all, honoring God is fun.

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Successful Failure

It doesn’t take much faith to stay where you are. It has never and will never take much faith to stay the same.

Most of us claim to want to be better, yet we don’t want to change anything. I know that’s how I am. I want to be this great person, but I’ve yet to change my circumstances. I’ve yet to even try for that matter.

I’m too afraid to fail is the reason. Most people are afraid of failure. But I’ve realized that it is of no merit to be able to say I’ve never failed when I’ve never attempted anything either. Where is the honor in that reality?

God created us to be more, to want more. When we don’t, we’re just being, well failures actually. Truth is, you don’t show that you need God when you remain the same. That’s the real issue with staying where you are. You exercise your “power” and not God’s.

The only person that truly fails is the one who is too afraid to try and succeed.

 

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Creative Journal

Remarkably, a magazine all about you is launched. Write a letter to the editor.

Dear Editor,

Thank you for this magazine being, well, all about me, this month. I am both honored and humbled to have this wonderful opportunity.

Honored, because you chose me. Me?! Billions of people are in this world, but you chose me. Thank you so much for that.

Humbled, because I realize now that I have not used my full potential. I have been slacking off it feels. Yes, I’m grateful for my D.A.U.G.H.T.E.R.S. yearly conference for young women. I am thankful for my best-selling novels. But the questions that have plagued me as of late are, what have I done lately and where has the time gone?

Again, I thank you for this opportunity. I am so grateful to be chosen for your magazine. If I can in any way assist in making this process easier, please let me know. Just because it’s all about me doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t do anything for it. Don’t hesitate to contact me for anything.

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Who do You Represent?

Being a father is really hard. Not that I would know, but I’d imagine it’s difficult work. I mean, I’m a daughter, an only girl at that, and I know how difficult I am. So, it definitely doesn’t seem like an easy feat. A father is the first glimpse of what we possibly hope to grasp of God being like as a father.

When a father ruins that glimpse, he is, for some, ruining what they imagine God to be like. When you say Father to a child, they are making a connection between their Father and father. That’s really serious business.

Think about that. That’s quite the offense right there.

To misrepresent God is not good. And as true as this is for a father, it’s true for Christians period. We are supposed to be a representation of Christ in this world. And if we do anything that is not Christlike, we are misrepresenting Him. We shouldn’t be OK with that, and the fact that it seems like we have become OK with it is not good. God has given us an opportunity to represent Him, Our Creator. That honor should never be taken lightly.

2 Corinthians 5:20 (NLT)

So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”

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