this has been a constant prayer of mine: Lord, i want to make a difference for You!
each new day brings with it opportunities to choose how you’ll represent Him. do your actions, words, decisions and thoughts bring Him glory or cause people to question whom you serve?
i will, one day, make a big splash in the world but not if i don’t do it today!
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, Ephesians 1:11
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8
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as Christians we are called to love everyone and show kindness to whomever crosses our path but we need to be careful about those we call friends and those we choose to spend our time with. there’s a very thin line between being the light in someone’s life and them being the one to dim yours… watch out!
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
1 Corinthians 15:33
ever been there? looking at your current situation and shaking your head? wondering where to go? and seeing the only choices before you don’t seem to fit what God would have? good thing He doesn’t see with our eyes! when things look hopeless, don’t forget who knows what’s coming. don’t forget the One who set you on the current path you’re on. the bible tells us to “live by faith, not by sight.” so let’s trust that His will shall come to pass, in His time, no matter what it may look like to us.
there is another choice. you may just have to trust Him to make it for you!
For we live by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7
It’s A Sign
do words like these ever grace your lips: “just this once” or “it’s just a little” convincing yourself it’s ok to continue in an action you know not to be the best for you? I’m not just talking the obvious here, but anything that distracts you from doing what you know is right.
as much as you can probably get away with it just this one time, that will not always be the case! the longer you walk one degree off from the direction you’re going, the further you get from your destination. you know as well as I do, the next time is just a little bit easier.
“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.
Matthew 7:13-14 NLT
do you ever get upset when ‘the wrong person’ gets anything this life has deemed gain? maybe they have something you want? did they go about getting ‘said thing’ contrary to your belief system and you’ve been playing by the rules?
bad people prosper all the time. and good people suffer just as often. keep sowing love, patience, kindness, goodness, fairness and forgiveness. the age old proverb, you reap what you sow, stands true for more than just farming and finances.
you’ll get what’s coming to you… and so will they!
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. (Galatians 6:7 NIV)
God has given us free will. if I was being completely honest, I’d tell you I wish there were times free will didn’t exist. how many times I wish He’d just give me the answer. He’d tell me outright which way to go, so I didn’t have to make wrong choices and learn any lessons. just tell me what to do!
my choices lead me down wrong paths. these paths aren’t long ones and aren’t altogether bad, they just aren’t His best. and because it’s not His best, I’m missing out. I want ALL He has for me!
And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Genesis 2:16-17 NIV)
I love this saying, “Thoughts become Words, Words become Actions, Actions become Character, Character is Everything”
in everything we do and say we have a choice. when a not-so-great choice has been made, how many of us step back and think “what can I do better next time?”
when my kids were younger, they had a “better choice chair.” that chair was not only a place where they’d sit when they needed to think about their actions and come up with a better way of handling themselves, but it also was a reminder. a reminder that they do have a choice: beforehand!
how many of us could use a “better choice chair” as adults? a safe place to land. to sort our thoughts, hopes, desires, dreams, triumphs and failures? our thoughts become our character, let’s take some much needed solitude [daily], so we can make better choices right out of the gate.
You, Lord, are my choice, and I will obey you. (Psalms 119:57)