AMOS 5:23 ON 5/23

AMOS 5 23 ON 5 23

Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.  – Amos 5:23

I served in churches of different denominations for 50 years.  I was asked to be church pianist in my home church when I was just 12 years old.  In all that time there is one unchanging truth:  No matter how well you play or how impressed people are with your ability – it means nothing if your heart is not right and your motives are not pure toward God.

You can practice until the cows come home and have every note, every rhythm perfected – but it is only noise to God’s ears if you are performing for people instead of glorifying God.

If you make your ministry too much about yourself and not enough about God, it will not only be a huge waste of your time, but God will humble you.  He will not be mocked and He will knock you down a few notches.

I PRAY BEFORE I PLAY

There will always be someone with more talent or who is just a better musician waiting in the wings.  If your heart is right with God, that’s not going to bug you or threaten your ministry.  A musician in God’s army, regardless of ability, should be on the same team.  We’re all working for the same Master – aren’t we?

Once a sense of competition or one-upmanship begins, that’s when you need to have some alone time with God and get it straightened out.  Serving God should never be like the secular music world.  This is not a “battle of the bands”!  We’re not just here to entertain the saints.  We’re here to minister to souls who may not have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior.

Keep your heart right as you minister.  If you do, your music will be a sweet sound and the Holy Spirit can use it to speak to lost souls – and to saved souls who may need to be encouraged.  I pray He never hears noise when He listens to me play.

Lord, may You hear the music I play and use it for Your purpose.  May You use the words I write and every word I say for Your good – and to help someone else.  🙂

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SEPTEMBER IS SELF-IMPROVEMENT MONTH

SEPTEMBER IS SELF-IMPROVEMENT MONTH

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Be a first-rate version of yourself, not a second-rate version of someone else.
– Judy Garland

Where has this year gone? Today is a brand new month! Hello, September!!! You know, most people make New Year’s resolutions, but I make New Month resolutions. This month I resolve to stop comparing me or my life with others. They have not walked my path and I have not walked theirs. September’s theme is “Live and Let Live”.  I vow not to compete, but be complete.

I happened to see an advertisement today that acted as a catalyst for this post.

Name: Paul & Darla Star Date Of Event: 9/1/13 Event Type: Reunion Venue: Century II – Wichita, KS    Comments: Bob from Notable Genius was AMAZING. You were the best DJ! We wanted high energy and people on the dance floor all night and he was able to keep all age groups happy and dancing.

I understand the value of word-of-mouth recommendations for advertisement, but there seems to be so much competition in life that I forget to look at my face in the mirror and promise to be a better me today than I was yesterday.  Sometimes we drown in the competition around us.  I know it’s just good business to put your name out there and get noticed, but sometimes it’s a good idea to be interested in giving someone else a hand up.  I wonder if it would hurt a person in business so much to do that.  There are too many heartless, competitive businesses.  When did the Golden Rule turn to rust?

Every day of our lives we are faced with a choice. From the moment we open our eyes in the morning, we can either choose to have a bitter attitude toward life and circumstances, or we can choose to have a better attitude toward life and circumstances. Is it really that simple? Yes, it is!

If you have tried to do something in your life and it doesn’t happen for you the first time, it’s a great temptation to just throw your hands in the air and give up, right? But what if you tried again – and maybe just tweak one little aspect of your plan. What if that one small change made all the difference between failure and success? There’s a mistaken idea that success just magically happens for people. I’m not sure how that lie got spread around, but it is not true. Success is a string of failures! Too many people just give up on their dream too soon. It’s sad because they will never realize their full potential – and the world may have missed out on something truly wonderful!

The choice to be better no matter what circumstances you find yourself in, really speaks to an individual’s integrity, character and moral fiber to a great extent. If a person tends to be more positive, they are more likely to hang in there and succeed. If a person has a negative outlook about life in general, they will more than likely give up when they come to the first bump in the road. A good attitude in life leads to positive actions – and positive results.  Pray for a good Samaritan to come along to lend a helping hand.

That’s a great skit! That poor girl just wanted to be useful but kept stepping on someone else’s toes. I’ve been there in church, haven’t you?  Sad but true.

Most people visiting a church are walking away from a bad situation. They either feel unwanted, unappreciated, over-worked or they felt invisible in their former church. It’s not the congregation’s job to figure out which group the visitor falls in.

Sometimes it’s difficult for a visitor to find their “niche'” in the body of Christ. I don’t mean to sound ugly, but it’s like nobody really wants to make room for anyone else to use their talents. Then there are times when you walk in the door and you are handed an entire LIST of jobs that nobody wants to do – so they really hope that you will take one of those jobs – or all of them.

The church really needs to be careful about how it approaches visitors. Everyone is different and we don’t want to exclude anyone, but we don’t want to bombard them with responsibilities either.  Wink!   😉