It’s All Big Stuff

Friday, October 21, 2016

I was reading this morning about a friend who quit smoking one year ago. He said that the way he stopped was to put the money he would spend on cigarettes in the bank. In just one year that special account held over $5000. Habit cured.

I began to think about the accounts that I systematically take from in order to “purchase” something really harmful. What I mean is this. A person has to take from his/her marriage account to view pornography, look at someone lustfully or have an affair. Another person steals from their “Made-In-The-Image-Of-God” account in order to allow friends to speak poorly of them or to be a part of an abusive relationship. A third person robs his account called “Meaningful and Fulfilling Career,” in order to continue to work at a dead-end, negative energy job. I take away the opportunity to invest in my “Spiritual Growth” account in order to sleep in, skip church or neglect reading my Bible, daily.

Think about this from a positive perspective instead though. Think about the investment I make in my romantic relationship when I live in purity. Imagine the deposits when I have surrounded myself with people who pour encouragement into my life. Reflect on the difference my heart feels each day as I do what God made me to do! The benefits that a focused discipline on God’s Word and my prayer life would be incalculable. These investments would also be compounded, right?

What God Really Cares About

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is not my favorite story. If you saw the Disney version I need to tell you that Walt’s version is not close to the original. The story ends with Quasimodo dying in the catacombs of Paris with his arms wrapped around his dead love, Esmeralda. It was creepy. It was also a waste. No amount of sacrificial love was bringing the hunchback's girlfriend back. 

That started a weird tangential thought. I know what Jesus died for. I also realize that most people don’t really understand why he died. They think that God cares about getting stuff done. Stuff like making sinners repent, keeping Hell hot enough, making sure that the pearly gates are all shined up, and answering prayers for the people he likes. Most people think that God really cares about getting stuff done. 

They’re wrong.God cares about you.He created you. He wants to have a great friendship with you and everything he has done since the beginning of time was about letting you understand that you are the thing that he cares the most for. Wow. 

I Want To Be A Star!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

"children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation." Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky. Philippians 2:15

So my question for the week is this, “What does a shining star look like in my world?”

Let’s talk about your world first.

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