An Uncertain Life; A Certain God

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Recently it has been on the news about how there was a shooting at a congressional baseball practice. Thankfully there were no fatalities, but in just a moment lives changed. A place that was considered safe was no longer safe; the future that seemed certain in a moment became uncertain. I have family that could have been there and in the moments between seeing the news and being able to contact them, I was worried.

This incident got me to thinking.  You never know what the day will bring.  One moment we are planning the future and what it will hold, the next it is drastically changed. Throughout the bible we are told that we don’t know what tomorrow will hold.  James 4:14, Proverbs 27:1 and Ecclesiastes 7:14 are just a few of the places that we see that we are not in control of our future. I think that Tim Tebow said it well when he said, “I don’t know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future.”

This whole perspective can be scary: that everything can change in the blink of an eye.  But there are two ways that we can respond.  We can live in fear or we can live in freedom.  Why these two drastic positions? When we look at our uncertain lives, we could be paralyzed by the fact that we don’t have control of our lives.  For me, there is a pendulum effect; at times it is so freeing to know that I cannot mess up God’s plan and at other times I really wish that I could control my life.

How we live our life is a choice!   We can choose to live it in fear or freedom.  Choose to be scared about what every minute holds, or trust that every minute and our whole life is being guided by the One who made the world.  When you think about our finite life, what do we have to worry about?  God placed the sun in the sky, He knows the past, the present and the future.  There is nothing that surprises Him.  He has known us before we were born and He knows the number of hairs on our head.  When we have a God that knows all the details of the world, how can we worry that what we are doing is going to throw Him for a loop.

In this uncertain life, I have certainty.  Certainty that God loves me, that I can trust in Him for everything.  Certainty that He has a plan and that while I don’t see it, it is something amazing.  Certainty that my life is in His control and that He is my protector.  Psalm 23:4 talks about how we should live our lives, “even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Also, the whole of Psalm 91 describes how protected we are by our God.

We should live every day of this uncertain life in the certainty of Christ.

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How Much Do You Care?

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Over the past few weeks there has been a phrase that has been repeated multiple times.  It is not a new one, but the true impact of it has been really coming to life. I was first told this in high school by a debate coach, “People don’t care how much you know, until the know how much you care.”

I work in corporate America and one of the most common ways that corporate America is described is a “dog eat dog” world. The phrase “it’s not personal, it’s business” is all too common. Many people feel that you have to do whatever you can, whenever you can to get ahead.  Unfortunately, this is just a downward spiral. The more you are willing to do anything, the more other’s will do just the same or more.  But what if we start showing how much we care about others?

What if we stopped for a minute to see the person in our coworker?  I think that we could radically change the business environment. I mean we spend the majority of our life with our coworkers,

I am blessed to work in a company where we do actually care about each other.  When I sprained my ankle last month, I was constantly being asked how I was doing and how I was taking care of my ankle. It didn’t take anyone long, but for me it meant so much.  They cared about how I was doing as a person, not just if my work was going to get done, or if they could use this to get ahead of me.

This whole concept plays into every part of our life. Instead of worrying about our image, or what people think of us, we should be thinking about how we are impacting others.  All over my Facebook feed I see people sharing video’s about the little acts of kindness, but sharing a video is not enough.  We actually need to be the kindness in our world.

How you ask?

In the small things. Hold the elevator door just a moment longer, give up your seat on the train, ask your coworker or neighbor or friend how they are doing AND really listen. It doesn’t take long and it doesn’t have to cost a dime, just be kind.

We all want to succeed in life, but let’s just start with caring. You never know the lives that you will touch.  “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” Hebrews 13:2.  It may be one act of kindness a week or a day, but the more we do, the more it becomes a habit.

I would love to hear about your acts of kindness! How are you showing that you care?

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Hello Again!!

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So it was about this time last year that I posted… once… It has been nearly 2 years since I really posted. I have decided that it is time to start again. Well, here goes.

There are many things that I could say as to why I have been absent, but they all seem flat.  Want to hear some anyways? In the past 2 years.  I moved to a new state, I started a new job, and bought a house. All boring right? Right.

To be honest, these all played a part in the reason, but they were not the real reason, it was me.  I didn’t make time! This is a common issue in today’s society. We just don’t make time.  For others, our family, our relationships, but most importantly for God. He is often the #1 thing that gets left out whe He should be the #1 thing in our life.

How often do we make excuses for things when in reality, it is us. We don’t want to, we have better things to do, or we don’t want to be put out of our comfort zone. We tell our friends that we are busy, when really we just got into our PJ’s and were going to watch the latest episode of our favorite tv show (or the one you are binge watching on Netflix). Admit it! We have all done it… And yes, that means me too.

So back to my original thought.  I am going to start writing again.  It won’t be everyday and I cannot promise that it will be crazy deep each time either, but I will post on a regulate basis.  As with this post, I plan to have a post each Friday morning.

The idea with this blog is to share some of my raw, open thoughts with you. Take it or leave it. This is the opinion of one person who is going through everyday life and not always liking what I see.  I will always tell people that I am openly and whole heartedly a lover of Jesus Christ and my opinions will be shaped by that

I thinkthat we can be challenged to do better! Challenged to be more! Challenged to be what God has called us to be. I also think that it starts by Challenging our Complacency with the world around us and the changes that are taking place everyday.

Peace and Blessings.

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Challenged 

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  Life is not always easy, but that does not mean that it is bad. I am thankful for the challenges, thankful for the people who push me.  It is not during the easy parts of life that we become better people. It is through the struggles and the triumphs that we become more. 

Theodore Roosevelt said, “Far better it is to dare might things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” 

It is when we are challenged that we rise to the occasion. It is when we are challenged we find what we are capable of. It is when we are challenged that we see something new. To never face a challenge is to never push ourselves, to never find our full potential.

Challenges are not just physical things that get in our way. It could be a word from a friend, a word in a book or a line in a song. Challenges are what motivate us to change. To be challenged is to live and to live is to be challenged. 

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Seeking

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Little Pieces 

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One little piece… Only one? Please? Why does it have to be only one? 

No, I am not talking about cake. I am talking about seeing the path the my future, my life. Through everything that I have done, I know that God is guiding me. However, often He only shows me one little piece. That does not make it easy. I am a planner, I want to know what I have to do today, tomorrow, this week and the next (that is a minimum!). The things is…

GOD DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY!!

I have just gone through some major life changes. In the past two months I have graduated school, moved to a new city, new apartment and have a new job.  See the connection? New!! There have been so many changes in my life. 

During the months and weeks heading up to graduation I had no clue what I would be doing afterwards.  For me, this was a scary fact. I wanted to know where I would end up, what it would be like, EVERYTHING. 

I have found that while God knows the whole plan as He tells us in Jeremiah 29:11, He does not always explain the details of that plan. I don’t know that this will ever be easy for me. But I also realize that my finite mind cannot hold the infinite plan of God. 

This quote by Martin Luther King really is something that I have to live. 

 

I don’t know where the staircase leads or even the next few steps, but all I have to do is have faith and take the step I see. It is when I look back that I see how far God has brought me and how I could not have understood everything He was and is doing for me. 

The song Step by Step by Rich Mullins summarizes my life right now. “And step by step You’ll  lead me, and I will learn to walk in Your ways!” Jesus is leading us forward. He knows the perfect way, we have to allow Him to lead to walk after Him. 

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None Ordinary!!

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Internal Explosion

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Everyday people go to counseling for many different issues that they face. We all have issues, but expressing them often helps to work through them.

I have a journal and I try to write in it everyday. Think through the day, what happened, how I am feeling, lots of random things. If I skip days, I feel worse. For a long time when people told me about the benefits of journaling I did not believe them, but I have found it to be true.
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Through the days comes stress and issues, it is by writing down my thoughts and emotions that I work through and relax. I encourage everyone to journal and maybe it can save you some counseling. Journaling from me keeps my life from internal explosion, it could help you too.

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Little By Little

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Fall has arrived and the leaves on the trees are changing. Each day the color changes a little bit more. It reminds me of our lives. Little by little things change and we end up where we never expected.

These changes can be beautiful and amazing, but they can also be sad and hurtful. One way to recognize the changes is to look back. Think about where you were a year ago or 5 years ago. What is different now from then?

The opinion of others can also help to show us where we have changed. When people do not see you for a while and then they see you, the changes are more apparent to them.

The most important way to look at out lives is through the eyes of God. Psalm 26:2 says, “Examine me, O Jehovah, and prove me; try my heart and my mind.” When we ask God, He will reveal the areas to continue in and the areas we need to reconsider and divert from our current course.

In our business, school, families, habits, we have to be watching for the changes happening. Whether good or bad, we need to be aware of the changes occurring little by little.

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Fighting Evil

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World Destroyed by Watchers

Many times we look around us and point the fingers.  We says that it is “their” fault, but what about us, are we being complacent to the evils around us?

Many times I find myself seeing a problems, but saying I can’t do anything about it.  When each of us says this, then as a group we do nothing.

Martin Niemöller was outspoken against Hitler and he wrote about the need for action.

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

When we see injustice in the world, we must take action.  Each of us has power, even individually, each little action can bring together others with a great power.  It is when we do nothing that evil triumphs.

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