A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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There are different meanings behind the word CHARACTER.  We talk about a character that is portrayed in a movie or program on TV.  Sometimes we refer to a person as a real CHARACTER…  it’s usually not a compliment.  It’s rare these days to hear that a person has a good CHARACTER, meaning that they can be trusted and live an upstanding life.

Which one of these definitions describe you now?  No, wait – don’t tell me.  The real question is, which one of these definitions would you like to describe you in 2016?

Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the excitement of the moment has passed.  – Cavett Robert

It’s going to sound like I’m trying to lay guilt on you, but which one of these CHARACTER definitions would Christ be pleased with where you’re concerned?  Hmm…  that puts it in a different light, doesn’t it?  I’m pretty sure He would not like for me to BE a CHARACTER – not in that way.  And I won’t be acting anytime soon, so…

There is just one kind of CHARACTER to be known as – that is to have a good CHARACTER – a good reputation, a good track record, as it were…  He is pleased when we are what we’re supposed to be as His child.

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.  – Maya Angelou

Sadly, there are a ton of examples of Christians who put forth all the right stuff – or so it seemed – and in the end, they were not genuine in their relationship with Christ.  If we are going to claim Christ is our Savior, we need to tow the line in the relationship.  I’m not fussing at you, I’m talking to me too.

THE YEAR OF DAILY STEPS

We fail because we’re human, but we need to do our very best in spite of the times we fail Him.  God is so faithful to us and He does forgive when we ask.  In 2016, let’s put our best foot forward in our relationship with Christ and be people of good CHARACTER…  when the world sees us, may they say, “Yes, this is a little Christ…  a Christian with good CHARACTER.”  🙂

 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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THROUGH LIFE
I like to read the accounts of “ON THIS DAY”, especially on Throwback Thursday. I have a couple of groups on facebook and need conversation starters. There are some interesting facts to be found. For instance, did you know that on this day in 1888, Thomas Edison’s phonograph was introduced in London, England? An audio recording of English composer Arthur Sullivan’s “The Lost Chord” was played on it. That title cracks me up. I’ve played LOST CHORDS for years – what’s your point?

On August 14, 1965 The Beatles taped an appearance for the Ed Sullivan Show.

On the same day, Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe” hit #1 on the charts.

Remember THE SONNY & CHER COMEDY HOUR? I never missed that show – and they always sang I GOT YOU BABE at the end of their show.

On August 14th, 1873, “Field and Stream” began publishing. There were three things my dad always had available to read. His Bible, Mechanics Illustrated and Field and Stream. There was usually one of those magazines in the bathroom, also known as my dad’s library. That is all.

So many people just jump into life! They jump in and get messy and do what they do best and are successful. Some of us just sit on the sidelines and watch and cheer at the successes and cry when the legacy comes to a tragic end.

I don’t think God necessarily wants us to do something without counting the cost and certainly not without talking with Him about it first; however, we are not to just sit on the sidelines and be afraid to try. God gives us everything we need to succeed. He didn’t promise that we’d be rich or famous like these folks we talked about today. He promises to be there with us and go THROUGH life with us. 😉

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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LEGACY

I have to be careful not to mention karma. I don’t believe in it, but I do believe that to do the right thing is always the right thing to do. On the merit of good itself, not because in turn, good will come back to me.

The desire to leave a legacy is normal for most of us. I think we all want to leave good behind us, or at least no harm.

Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you. – Shannon L. Alder

It’s my hope and prayer that something I write will help someone. I hope this little blog will serve as encouragement long after I’m gone. Does that sound silly?

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. – Benjamin Franklin

 

Some days it doesn’t seem I have anything to offer. I’m just being honest. And some days I don’t want to offer anything. That’s just a part of life. I just need to keep praying and seeking God everyday. I want the things I write to glorify Him, not me.

The past is a pebble in my shoe. – Edgar Allan Poe

The challenges in life can seem daunting, but if there’s one thing I want to emphasize it is that faith in God through Christ Jesus is key in keeping life in perspective. My life is in God’s hands, and that’s the bottom line. He keeps me safe and healthy. He helps me through each day with new mercies, love and everlasting peace. Living for Christ is my legacy. The Holy Spirit of God helps me live a good life.

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. – Philippians 3:12-15

Outlive your life! – Max Lucado

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