Archive | March 2, 2013

Get up! Get out!

This world has a way of distracting us and pulling us away from the important things in life: the things that really count, the things that make a difference, and the things that bring hope, love, joy, and peace into our hearts and minds. We more often than not allow the busyness of life to keep us from those who mean the most to us and from the quite times we need to hear God’s still small voice among the noise.

Think for a second, and evaluate what and how often you do things throughout the day. How much television do you watch, sitting sedentary on the couch, tuning out the world around you, including family interactions? How often do you jump online, to find that 2 or 3 hours have passed by in a what feels like minutes? How often do we sleep in, when we truly have had enough sleep, yet we just turn over, lazily laying in the comfort of your bed, accomplishing nothing, letting the world pass us by? How many times have you said you are going to do something, only to say that you don’t have the time? I am guilty of one or more of these daily. How easy it is to neglect the art of truly living!

God gave us life and does not desire that we waste a minute of it! 1 Corinthians 10:31 states, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or in deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Let each moment of your day be a reflection of his love for you, his grace towards you, and his forgiveness and restoration of who you are. Be an inspiration to those around you. Be the light he has called you to be in this world filled with darkness (Matthew 5:14-16). Be a beacon of hope and encouragement in the hurting hearts and aching souls of those you encounter, whether at work, in our home, in church, or anyplace else (Hebrews 10:24-25).

Be a servant! Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and put others before yourself. How truly you will be blessed and how joyful your heart will be. Philippians 2:5-8 states, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!” Serving allows us to get outside of ourselves and leave all of our worries, concerns, problems, and struggles at the foot of the cross. It enables us to move forward instead of stagnating on the negative things we face. When we serve others by giving and sacrificing, we draw strength from God, find perspective on life, and can discover peace amidst our own storms. Not only does it benefit us to serve others, but more importantly others benefit and are blessed in the name of Jesus! How many ways can you think to give of yourself? Can you give your time? Can you give money or food? Can you give someone an ear to hear them? Can you go out of your way to help someone? I challenge you to step outside of yourself and be there for others, despite your own circumstances.

Instead of sitting to watch television or parking in front of a computer for hours on end, take time to take care of you, honoring the Lord by taking care of your body and mind–the temple he has blessed you with. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” Not only are we to honor him by not defiling our body through disobedience, but we must take care of our temple in order to have the endurance, energy, stamina, and health to serve others. If we are ill and run down all the time, we have nothing left to give others. Taking care of our bodies also means giving it rest. Our mind is part of our body and that must be nurtured and fed with God’s word! Devote time to pray, to meditate, to write a letter to the Lord. Take time to spend with him in your own private place. Open your heart and mind and allow him to fill them with all that HE is. Philippians 4:8, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent and praiseworthy–think about such things.” God is all of those, so what better way to spend your time than drawing closer to him in prayer and meditation?!

Enjoy the life God has so richly blessed you with, but never forget that your life is HIS! Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” You and I, and everyone else on this earth, were created on purpose for a purpose. We are to praise God, bring Him glory, shine His light, and be a witness of all he has done for us! So, get up! Get off the couch, turn off the television! Shut off the computer! Quit lying around in bed all day! Be a part of the life God has given you. Get out of yourself and enter into the lives of those God places in your path. Fulfill your purpose!!

God be with you and may you deeply and completely breath in the beautiful aroma of God and allow him to fill you completely! All my love!