A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

a-commentary-from-the-heart-48ecclesiastes-3-10-12 What God-given tasks are done every day?  Do you know a doctor or a nurse?  Certainly, what they do is very important to their patients – and praise God, He gave them the intelligence to take good care of sick people!  Do you know a clown?  What a unique gift to be given by God – the ability to make others forget their problems for just a little while – and make them laugh.  The list goes on and on…  do you know a pastor?  I couldn’t be a pastor – pastor’s are definitely called by God.  They are special people and are much more patient than me.

We call our jobs vocations or careers – but in reality, we choose to do what the Lord has given us to do – that’s why we enjoy what we do.  I’ve had jobs in my lifetime – and believe me, they were jobs – just a way to make a little extra money.  Now that I’m retired and writing…  I am so much more happy because this is what God wants me to do.  I don’t get paid – but payment comes in different forms.  Money really isn’t everything – we just need it to buy things.

It’s a wonderful feeling to submit to God’s will in your life and have a sense of accomplishment in the bargain.  Success isn’t always wrapped around a dollar amount.  Sometimes it comes in the form of encouragement or a simple “Amen” in the comments of your blog.  Bloggers need encouragement like everyone else.

Does the task you perform to make a living also make God smile?  If you’re just doing a job to make a little extra money, I want to encourage you to re-think the way you spend your time.  Is there more you want to do with your life?  I remember thinking that the time I spent sitting in a cubicle at the office was time I was never going to get back.  I decided my time is worth more to me than the money they paid me to spend it there.

Speaking of tasks…  with some help from my friends, Lucinda Berry HIll and Marian Poppy Ballestero – there will be a very special blog post on April 9th, Palm Sunday.  Please pray for this project, for I hope it is the first of many.  I won’t spoil the surprise – you’ll just have to wait.

To rejoice in the goodness of God and do good in life is what it’s all about.  I want to do tasks that use my God-given gifts, don’t you?  🙂

 

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.  – Titus 3:4-7

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The hope that every Christian has hinges on what Christ did – it has nothing to do with us, except for the fact that we’ve come to believe in Christ and His sacrifice on Calvary – just as we are.  Our righteousness is not even almost good enough, but God’s grace and mercy are what we place our faith and trust in.  That is why we have the hope of eternal life, but we hold on to the Lord because we love Him above all else.

I want to show you something I found on my facebook newsfeed.  I was taken aback a bit when I first saw it – and then I read the article and decided that this guy has a pure heart and pure intentions – he really wants people to see Easter in the right way – so look what he did at this FRED’S store in Tennessee…

http://www.gracecentered.com/freds-store-displays-easter-crosses-mr-pibbs.htm

Every day in this world we watch people backstab and hate each other, but it’s the duty and joyous privilege of God’s children to love one another.  Why?  Because once we realize that Christ has delivered us from our miserable condition by HIS mercy and free grace, and has given us HIS precious Holy Spirit – we understand that love is the cornerstone of our faith.  Without love, it’s a lie.  God is love and He wants us to not only love Him, but love one another as He loved us and sent His precious Son to this earth to live and die for our sins.

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How will you share your faith today?  Maybe you can do it through your job – in creative ways when you stock the Mr. Pibb…  or maybe as a retired secretary, you want to start writing a little blog that shares faith, hope, and love with others.  There are so many ways to share your faith – but one thing is for sure – if you feel God’s Spirit prompting you to share your faith in some way, you will be miserable if you don’t do it.

Christ is the fountain from which the precious Holy Spirit flows.  It’s only through Him we are able to teach and mentor others with patience and prayer.  What a blessing to have the Holy Spirit in our lives each day.  Because we have Him, we can practice true love and kindness in our daily walk.  Think about it…  His love and His grace have such great power to change a human heart.  Commit the lost to Him and be patient as you share and teach.  Remember His timing is not our timing.  Never give up on anyone because the Lord did not give up on you.  🙂

 

 

 

EPHESIANS 5:21 ON 5/21

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Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.  – Ephesians 5:21

I’m such a believer in proverbial iron-sharpening!  What does that mean?  It’s the support of Christian brothers and sisters that propels their ministry, forwards my ministry and most importantly pleases our Lord.  We submit to one another because we love Christ first of all – also because our friends who are like-minded love and revere Him too.  It goes beyond positive thinking or random acts of kindness.  We’re friends in Christ and we minister together – with a common goal and purpose. 

Submission is not understood in our world today.  People today see being submissive as a definite sign of weakness, when in reality, as a child of God, it’s a choice we make because Christ did so much for us and we are workers together for His sake.  If we keep the proper perspective and focus on Christ and the sacrifice He made for us, it is possible to submit to one another.  We get that it’s not about us – it’s about Him.

We must be mindful to submit to one another and not make it one-sided.  We never want to make our friends feel as though they are doormats to be thrown on the porch for our feet to be wiped on.  I have learned it is not necessarily the wrong thing to say NO to anyone.  I am human, a fact that my Savior is all too aware of…  and there will be times when my ability to submit and support may be hampered due to a physical  limitation or even mental exhaustion.  I used to be afraid to let the flaws be known.  Now I’m not a bit shy about asking for prayer support – and for a postponement.  To avoid burnout, it’s important to view this as a marathon, not a sprint.  It’s a lifestyle, not a phase of life.  We are committed to our Savior forever.

While the context of this verse is directed toward behavior in a family unit, it’s true that the body of Christ needs to adopt similar attitudes and behaviors, don’t you agree?  God’s children have so many reasons to sing for joy – whether it is on pitch or not – strong or weak voice – it makes no difference!  I’m not dense enough to think the Christian life is all singing all the time – we are not always singing and are sometimes crying for any number of reasons.  Regardless of our circumstances, we should be always giving thanks to Christ for His sacrifice – and showing reverence to Him – and do our best to help in ministry and have others help in ours.THINK ABOUT JESUS

There’s a sign on the door at Planet Fitness – it says, “Check egos at the door”.  In other words – don’t think you are either better or worse than anyone else.  Wouldn’t it be great if the body of Christ had that attitude too?  We’re all on the same side – the side of Christ.  We all work for Him.  We’re all on the same team.  Think of what could be accomplished if ego got checked at the door.  Think about Jesus.

As His children we should first and foremost promote HIS glory!  It’s so easy to lose focus and make it about ourselves.  We really are so human but God knows that – and that’s why we need to get on our knees and humbly ask forgiveness – then try again.  I love do-overs and I’ve had a lot of them.

Iron-sharpening, ego-checking and do-overs.  I’m so very thankful that Jesus understands me!  🙂