Posts tagged ‘future’

Pour Me a Strong One

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What you pour into yourself, is what will pour out.

If you’ve said to yourself, you want a better life. A different life. A changed life. You’re going to have to initiate that change. Pour in better, and , better will come out. Don’t pour in gossip if you don’t want people talking about you. Don’t pour in negative thoughts if you want to stay positive.

How do you start to change? Pick one thing. Just one small thing and make a change. Maybe it’s to hang around more positive co-workers. Maybe it’s not to get involved in your friends’ gossip. Pick one thing and work on it. Get that accomplished and move to a second small step.

Improvement take time. But, stick by this principle: What you pour into yourself, is what will pour out. And, that’s what determines who you are. Think about allowing God to help you be make these changes.

A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. Luke 6

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Less Laundry, More Deodorant

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Are you working on a New Year’s resolution?

* Starting a fitness program?

* Losing weight?

* Doing less laundry and using more deodorant?

* Stopping facebooking your spouse?

* Giving up chocolate, 100%, completely, honestly? (This last one is said as you pull the paper ribbon on a Hersey’s kiss).

How’s that working out? Most resolutions aren’t carried out. At the fitness center it’s so crowded in January you have to wait for your favorite cardio machine. BUT, by March, your machine is available every day and you recognize all the people there as the old regulars. New Year’s resolutions have gone by the way side.

Resolve diminishes. What you need is a support system. Like a buddy to go to the fitness center with you every day. Someone to give you a shot in the arm from time to time.

Your spiritual life can end up in the same hopper as those broken resolutions. Or, you can stay strong. God provides you a support system. It’s called the church. The church is a community that will support and encourage you. Your church doesn’t do that? Find a new community where people do have your back and do spur you on.

God is all about helping you be the best person you can be.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29

Dash It All!!!

How are you going to live the dash?

This is the single, most important question about your life. What’s the dash? Well, on a tombstone, there’s the person’s name, then below that there are the date of birth and the date of death. And…between those dates is a dash.

I was walking next to a cemetery recently and looked over and read the tombstones I passed. And I started thinking about the lives of those people. Their lives were represented by that dash. That was it. That’s what mattered most. Not the day of their birth or the day of their death, but what they did with their lives.

So. How’s your dash coming along? Where are you in that dash? Just starting? In the middle? Or about to finish it up? What will people think of your life when it’s over? I’m afraid most people won’t think anything…to most you’ll be just a dash.

What does matter is what God thinks of your life.

I once sat by the bed of a friend who loved and trusted God, trying to comfort him as he moved closer and closer to death. Only minutes from death’s door, he asked me, “Is there anything else you can do for me?” I was honest. “No,” I whispered, “only God can help you now.” And, in a couple of minutes, he was in the arms of God.

How’s your dash coming along? Might God be part of your dash? He wants to.

Christ is all that matters…. Colossians 3

First and 10/10/10

Do you spend your Sundays watching NFL football? I am constantly amazed at the speed of the game. A quarterback has literally seconds to decide who to pass to. Some of the rookies with bad offensive lines have to just take the ball and heave it…get rid of it as fast as possible, or they end up getting sacked.

Life is like that sometimes. You have to make decisions so quickly you barely have time to think. How do you go about making those decisions? The fast ones. You might try running every decision through the 10/10/10 test. What’s that you ask? It’s taking a minute to consider: How will I feel about this choice in 10 minutes, 10 days, and 10 years from now? In other words, what are the immediate consequences, the near future consequences, and the long term consequences of what I’m about to do.

God can help you there. He knows your future. Pray about that decision. One of those arrow prayers that you just shoot up to God quickly because the decision has to be made now. He’ll still honor that prayer. He’ll let you know if you’ll be at peace with the choice in 10 minutes…in 10 days…in 10 years.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29

Making those quick decisions is not easy, but by praying and using the 10/10/10 test, you can be more at peace about what you choose to do. Try it.

The Quickest Way To Ruin Your Day

The quickest way to ruin your day is to compare yourself to other people.

Do you ever look at your family and friends and compare yourself to them? Look at how great Cousin Jen is doing. She’s married to a good-looking guy who brings home lots of money. And that new car! Oh my gosh!

Or, maybe, it’s some of the people you went to high school with. There’s the guy who played on the team with you. He’s already married and has kids; he has a great job. He’s not getting laid off. Where does he live? In that exclusive neighborhood…in that huge house.  You start looking at where these other people are and what they’ve done with their lives…and…it’s…depressing.

Quit comparing yourself to those people! God’s plan for your life is masterfully unique. It is! It’s a plan God made just for you. Look at what the Bible says:

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29

God has plans for YOU. Plans for good…and they’re plans to give you a future and a hope. He’s made these plans for you and for every human being on this earth. Considering God knows the future, I would think his plans are pretty awesome. Does everyone automatically follow these plans? No. God has also given you free will; he leaves it up to you whether you want to ally yourself with him and follow his plan for your life.

Don’t compare yourself to others. Find God’s plan for your life. It’s unique. It’s a good plan. And…it offers you a future. And hope.

Pot of Gold? How About a Cold One!

I remember as a kid my mom saying there was a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. I tried a few times to follow the rainbow to the end to see if she was right. Nope. No pot of gold. And, no truck of Guinness beer, either!

Does God promise a pot of gold for all who follow him? Sorry, but he doesn’t. He does promise a lot of things, though. One verse in the Bible speaking of God says: “And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises.” Promises like his saying he has plans for you. Good plans for your future and hope for it. He says if you are weary and carrying a burden, he will give you rest. Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.

God says, if you follow and trust him, he will help you to be at peace. That’s saying a lot for living in this world, isn’t it. This world can be a scary place. Just catch the online news any day or watch a little of CNN on the tube. Bad things happen every day. People are always saying: “I didn’t think this could happen to me.” But…it did.

Here’s a promise of God’s that’s worth more than any pot of gold. He says:

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14

No matter how brave you think you may be, there are times when deep down you are afraid. And, if not for you, for your spouse or child, someone you love. Trust God and you can claim the promise above as your own. Peace. In a world of chaos.

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