There is this amazing emphasis on words in the Bible, especially in Proverbs 18. Which pretty much crushes the notion that talk is cheap. In some ways, yes, but words can hurt or heal.
But don’t you ever get tired of hearing all the bad? Do you want to hear something encouraging? These verses in Proverbs note how negative talk effects people and promote the importance of positive words.
It’s not asking you to be unaware or dumb to the fact that bad things are taking place. It’s just saying it’s important to hear something good, some time! For a change of pace, tell me something good!
Wise words satisfy like a good meal;
the right words bring satisfaction.
A very interesting scripture is John 17:23. Jesus is speaking and He says:
I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me (New Living Translation).
What’s interesting is the fact that Jesus says, you love them as much as you love me. To think that a perfect God can love us the way He does is almost strange. It’s breathtaking and almost unbelievable, right?
Here I am. I’m imperfect. I’m disobedient. I’m a bit of a mess. But God loves me.
How can this be? It’s almost too good to be true.
But because it is love, and God is love, it all makes sense. I know God, I understand that humanly speaking, yes it is too good to be true from that aspect. But spiritually speaking, because God is good, it’s so good that it has to be true. It has to be true that He can love me the way He does, because He is good and His love is good. So if this love seems “too good” it must be God and it must be true.
And either way you try to explain this wonderful phenomenon of God’s love, I’m just thankful that I’m a recipient.
Do good. That’s my motto this year. Simple and to the point. Do good. My motto comes from my scripture motto Galatians 6:9-10.
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith (New Living Translation).
It’s very easy to get tired of doing good. It’s easy to compare yourself to others when you get tired of doing good too. It’s easy to say, well they aren’t doing good, and they certainly aren’t doing good to me, so why try? Because the Bible tells me so.
Scripture isn’t saying we’ve got to be best friends with everybody. It’s not saying everyone has to be in our inner circle to show that we’re being kind. It’s just saying, hey be good to people. Be good especially to those in the family of faith. And be good to those who aren’t because they need it most. They don’t have an eternal hope, don’t you think they need goodness even more?
Do good for people, and be good to people whenever you can. Goodness isn’t weakness, it’s holiness.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this and I would love it if others would join me in this idea. What is my scripture motto for 2017? We should live by the Word everyday. Yes. But this upcoming year, I feel pressed to have a scripture that I am daily dedicated to.
This is bigger than resolutions. This is creating resolutions built around whatever this verse is going to be. I know it will probably have to do with giving. But I am in prayer about what verse my motto for 2017 will be.
As a person that writes resolutions and goals every year I’m surprised that I’ve never thought about a scripture motto. It seems like an obvious thing to do, but this will be the first year for me. What is your scripture motto for the year 2017? Think about that. What scripture do you live out everyday so that if you told someone what it was, they would see that in your life?
Would anyone like to join me?
- Why do we want to procrastinate or to not try?
- We don’t want to work wholeheartedly – Colossians 3:23-24; Ephesians 6:7
- Selfishness says, “I don’t feel like it. So, I don’t have to.” – Jeremiah 17:9
- Pride says, “I shouldn’t have to.” – John 13:1-17 “Jesus Washes the Disciples Feet”
- Eric Thomas, “Behind your feelings is nothing.”
How do we overcome procrastination?
- Be immediate – Matthew 25:16, “He went at once…”
- Appreciate time – Psalm 90:12
- Discernment – Psalm 32:8; 1 Corinthians 6:12, 10:23 (Just because it’s good doesn’t mean it’s necessary)
- Serve – Galatians 2:10, 6:10; Proverbs 21:13; Psalm 82:3-4
So, last week, we were watching a choir, and my uncle was asking why he couldn’t hear anything. Somehow, the TV had been muted, so my cousin said, the TV is muted so turn mute off.
What’s interesting is that we could see what was happening, but couldn’t take part in it because we couldn’t hear. We had the resource, we had the access, we were tuned in and could see it, but we couldn’t get involved. Not until we activated something.
We had the access and the resource, but we hadn’t activated them. And the same thing applies to our lives. Today, we see needs. We know we can meet them. We have access to people who could use our help. We have the resources. But have we activated them?
We’re waiting on something else to happen when all along we have the access and resources in our own hands to get involved and make it work.
Tomorrow is only found in the calendar of fools. – Og Mandino
Every week we are challenged to take the next step, everyday really. So, why don’t we? We don’t have time? We don’t have resources? We’re waiting? In the last couple of months, I’ve heard several references to Pharaoh and the frogs. So, I felt like procrastination would be a great topic of focus. After all, I can’t tell you how many times I put off preparing this lesson.
As we approach a new year very soon, there will be moments that we put off taking the next step. Or we may be procrastinating right now because we’ll start next week or next year. So, let’s not wait any longer and jump into this lesson!
The question is, why do we wait?
- Waiting on God.
- Are we waiting on a sign from God or do we just want Him to do everything?
- Exodus 8:8-10
- Active waiting – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Matthew 7:7
- Excuses – Proverbs 22:13, 26:13
- Annie, “Tomorrow” – Tomorrow might only be a day away, but it is ALWAYS a day away.
- What if God is preparing me today for what I’m trying to put off for tomorrow?
- Fear of Failure (FOF)
- What makes failure fearful?
- God can’t bless an effort I don’t make. – Psalm 90:17
- Proverbs 16:3; 1 Corinthians 1:27; Isaiah 55:8-9
- If God’s ways aren’t like ours, then wouldn’t His idea of success be different as well?
Where’s my daddy?
That’s my 2 year old nephew’s only concern. When his dad comes around his only care in the world is being where daddy is. It really doesn’t matter that usually it’s about being wherever someone who has food or candy is. When Daddy is home, it’s only about him. Where is my Daddy? Where is my Daddy?
Am I ever like that?
When I wake up in the morning is the first thought that comes to mind about being with my Heavenly Father? When I’m home am I adamant on being where God is? When I’m “away’ from Him do I long to be with Him?
Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m like that. I want to be, but I don’t think I am. Because even when I have my alone time with God, it’s so easy to think about what I need to do next. It’s so easy to start thinking about what’s on my to-do list. And it’s easy to put that alone time on a to-do list, when it’s not a “to-do” but a priority of life.
I want to be where Daddy is. And not because I’m supposed to want to be there, but because I really want to be there. Because I know I need to be there. Because I know He wants me there.
In Matthew 18:3 the Bible tells us to be like children. And after watching my nephew, I think I finally know why…
Matthew 18:3 (NIV) And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.