Some may quip this is easier said than done, and to a degree you may be right. While I don’t know what mountains are in your life, I do know who made them. While I cannot say for certain what you are going through is “no big deal,” I do know someone who is bigger than any deal that can grip our lives. And you are right when you say I don’t know how deep your hole is. But I can say God can deliver you from a hole, a fiery furnace, a lions den and a host of other places we determine to be impossible. By now, you see where I am going. God is Lord over every day, and how we live it is by our choice. You can choose to be happy. You can choose to be sad. You can choose to be joyful. You can choose to be angry.
You can rejoice. You can complain. It is up to you. It is your choice. Since we get to choose, why not choose by looking past our present situation, and do so in light of what God has done for us. I promise you, if you do that, you will begin to have a great day everyday. It all comes down to our attitude. So when you wake up in the morning, declare that today is going to be a great day in the Lord, and then go out and live it. By doing this, you SET THE COURSE for how your day will go, instead of waiting to see HOW it will go. And if today doesn’t go as planned, God gives us another one tomorrow to do it all over again. Our God is sooo good. So, remember as someone once said “it’s your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude.” Blessings.
One of my favorite bible verses is Hebrews 12:2. As the early church was facing heavy persecution, many of the believers were losing their faith, and returning back to the safety of Judaism. It was during this time the writer of the book, used chapter 11 to remind his readers of the challenges of others long ago who also faced similar challenges and how they all overcame by depending on, and demonstrating their faith. He then reminds his readers that there is a great cloud of witnesses that have preceded them, urging them to keep going until the end. It is then in verse 2 that he gives them the key to persevering through their trials. “Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.” All of us face various challenges throughout the course of our lives, and the only way to persevere through those challenges is with our eyes fixed on Jesus. He becomes our compass as we seek to navigate our difficulty. He becomes our example as to how we are to react and respond. He is also our strength as we remember what he endured on the cross for us. In everything we do, the challenge is to face it with our eyes fixed on Jesus. When we do that, we will make it through. We will endure the hardship. We will honor our God as we walk through the fire. That is how we bring glory to him everyday, in every decision, in every moment. God is doing wonderful things among us, let us do all we can to glorify him with our lives. Blessings
The story is told about a man who loved the Lord and couldn’t wait to go to heaven. Often he could be seen carrying a spoon in his breast pocket. When asked why, he replied, “dessert is the best part of the meal for me, I just love it, so I always carry a spoon because I am ready for dessert. He went on to explain, once this life is over, I want to be buried with a spoon in my pocket because the best is yet to come.” Where some see death as something terrible and push it away at all cost, this man welcomed the thought. He didn’t just see it as a transition into eternity, he saw it as “dessert” -the best part. I imagine many believed he was a bit crazy, but actually I reason he had a great understanding of what awaits us in eternity. Perhaps we can all take a lesson from him, and have “spoon in my pocket” mentality. Maybe if we did, more people would want what we have, and thus our spiritual lights would shine a bit brighter. For the past couple weeks, we have been tracking Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Within a week, he has been crucified and resurrected from the dead- just as he said he would. Walking through.these monumental events in Jesus’ life reminds me of the wonderful gift we have received, and suggests maybe we all should proudly walk around with spoons in our.pockets. Blessings.
Recently I ran across an article “7 habits of a Healthy Church” that I would like to share with you. While there are quite possibly others, I saw these 7 habits as a good start and barometer for us.
“7 habits of Healthy Churches”