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Don’t Waste It

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I have just started reading the book Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. So when I came across this, it really struck home. What do we do with our lives? Did we live the day with each hour and minute and second that it holds to the fullest? If it was our last would we be happy?  

 

For me this means even more though. To me I wonder did I live each moment of this day for Christ. Sadly, over and over again I come up short. I get caught up in myself and my life, what I want and need.

   Jesus told us to not worry about what tomorrow holds. This is freedom, from worry, but not freedom to do just anything. We need to live each day for Him. To the best of our ability to do what would honor and please Him. This can come in many ways. It can come from doing our job well, from caring for others, from sharing His word. He has called each of us in a different way to live for Him. 
  Our time is limited and precious. We need to understand this and fully use the time given to us. 1 Corinthians 6:20 says “You are bought with price: therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”  Today is precious, wasted time cannot be recovered. The challenge is: use your time wisely. 

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Highlights

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Highlights#ManCrushMonday #TransformationTuesday #WomanCrushWednesday #ThrowBackThrusday #FlashBackFriday #SaturdayShenanigans #SelfieSunday

 

I was looking through my Facebook page the other day (trying to find a picture) and I realized… the is not everything. It got me thinking. We look at other peoples lives, in fact, we are constantly engaged… TWITTER, FACEBOOK, PINTEREST, TUMBLER, YOUTUBE… smart phones keep us constantly connected. But do we really know what is happening in our friends’ lives?

NO

We see only what they want to share. The trials, the hard times, the deep inner feelings are not usually share on social media. I know that I don’t. The posts and conversations on social media are usually there to make a point or to show how popular we are or that we have a significant other. My Facebook page is a combination of picture when I have my makeup on, BIG life events, things that made me look hard working or fun loving. Even when I look at my Facebook I am like WOW! I live a fun, crazy, event filled life. Honestly, I love having fun, I love being crazy, I love going places. But you don’t see the other side either. Social media does not the struggles, the times I have been hurt, when I am lonely, when I am scared. Social media show the highlights.

We have reach a point in our society we are so connected we are disconnected. We “know every little thing” but we don’t know anything. We don’t talk to our friends, we don’t write letters, the “How are you?” is only because you feel it’s polite. We think we know, so we don’t engage, we don’t take the time to care. It is easier that way, to not know the burdens of others, but that is what we as friends are supposed to do. Galatians 6:2 says “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” This is not a one way street, everyone needs to be real. Everyone needs to share their struggles.

Along with this, I actually think that most of our real struggles should NOT be shared on social media. (It turns into a my life is worse than yours, that is not what I am encouraging). Struggles should be share with your friends. Reach out and talk to someone, take that first step. It is hard to ask and it hard to share, but sharing a burden makes it lighter. We need to make a change in our society. We need to live real lives, full lives, complete lives. We need to stop only living the highlights.

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Who We Need

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Walls

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The difficulty of our situation is NEVER too big for God.

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Your Story

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Dr. Seuss

I have been to many places and seen many things, from the Normandy beaches, which reminded me of those who fought for freedom, to the tropical island of Fiji where I saw God work in miraculous ways. Each new place, every new city, all the people I have met; change my life. In England I learned the value of loving my work, Africa taught me the joy of quietly observing.

If asked which was my favorite place… honestly… I couldn’t say. I loved every country I visited, each had something new and different to offer.

Different.

Often people stereotype about this country’s culture or that country’s food, but they are supposed to be different. If each place or person were the same, life would be incredible boring!

You don’t have to leave the country or even your town to find someone different than you. At school, work, the grocery store, we encounter a multitude of people. Do we stop to consider… Who are they? What is their story? What makes them unique?

I don’t understand society today, we don’t want to talk to people, we don’t want to share who we are, but we will post on Facebook or Instagram what we had for breakfast. Does this really make sense? We go around not knowing people and not caring enough to ask.

I wonder what would the world be like if we took the time to care?

If we took the time out of our day to stop and ask, what is your story?

What makes you…well…you?

I could visit every country in the world and every city each country and never find two people who were the same. Each person is unique with their own story and from each person’s story we can learn and grow. So, I would like to know.

WHAT IS YOUR STORY?

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Be Yourself

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Be Yourself

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Good and Bad

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God is Good

“God is good”                              “All the time”

   “All the time”                               “God is good”

This is a greeting that is common among Christians.  Why do we only take this position when we are in a difficult position?  We only look to God’s plan when we are struggling.  This is something that people should change!

Through all of our lives God is in control.  When we are struggling and when we are in good times, we are in God’s plan.  From the start of our lives to the end the is plan.  I wonder… what would happen if we were to look to God even in our good times? 

I think that many of the hard times that we enter are because our selfish and prideful actions. When we are doing well we go forward not looking to God guidance.  When we run into trouble we turn and say … God fix it, you are good!

God is good, all the time… not just part of the time, ALL of it.  In good and bad, we should trust God that He knows the path that is best for our lives. Without His guidance we would be walking in the dark, hoping we find the right road.

All the time…God is Good.

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Sometimes…

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Testimony

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A Testimony is “an open acknowledgment or a public profession of religious experience.”  For many years I thought that a testimony was only about when I first came to know the Lord, when I made my confession of faith.  Recently, I have been brought to the understanding that a testimony is not just about that one time, but anytime that we see God working in our lives.

At church and in my small group we have been discussing the power in sharing our testimonies.  Many people are scared to share what they have been through, to be that open. In the church today, we share our edited testimonies.  We share what has been good, the beauty of our lives, but we don’t share the struggles.  It is important to realized that each testimony is as different as each person and each is powerful in a different way.  No matter how small or insignificant we think we are, the truth is we have power in the Lord.

It is time that we share our testimonies.  Time to share the TESTs that we have been through.  When we share, we impact those around us, we change the lives of others.  When we step out of our comfort zone and become open about where we have been and what God has done, there is power.  God is the only one who can take our tests and our trials and turn them into something good.  He turns what we would call a difficulty into strength and power!

Challenge:   What is your testimony? Have you shared your testimony recently? Will you share it now?

 

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