Have you ever noticed how you tend to pick up the characteristic traits of those you are close to? Have you noticed yourself emulating the mannerisms of someone you respect? The more time we spend with certain people, the more we find ourselves using the same words and expressions they may use. It is natural for us to unconsciously imitate people we admire.
Yesterday, the Lord posed an interesting question to me as I was perusing through a magazine. Do I know more about certain celebrities and world leaders than I do about prominent figures detailed in God's Word? Am I quick to read gossip about which movie stars are dating or take time out to know the plot line of my favorite TV show over insuring my understanding of My Redeemer's covenant and promises with His people?
Who am I spending my time with?
What am I watching and listening to?
Who do I unconsciously emulate?
Do my mannerisms portray who or what is truly influencing my time?
In this world full of ungodly distractions, these are questions we should visit, and visit often.
In 3 John 1:11 we read, "Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God."
Friends, God wants us to be careful about the people and influences we invite into our hearts and minds. Let's take special care to live purposefully and emulate our gracious Father's Way. Let's only take in whatever is pure and lovely and just so that we put out the same. Let's be sure to use our time to learn what is important... what is eternal... and leave the rest at the feet of our Savior. Let us only see Him. We are citizens of Heaven and should live and promote ourselves as such. Never forget that. Never forget that we are His children and not of this world!
Monday, March 26, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Are you Active?
Active in your faith???
Active in your walk with Christ???
Active in your life????
Active in your love toward others???
Active to serve and please your God???
Actively seeking, searching, praying, learning from Him???
Are you ACTIVE?
Get there, girls! He expects no less.
He is too cool to be stagnant. To awesome to be boring. Too terrific to be ordinary. Too wonderful to be depressed.
He is all that matters. He is LOVE!
He is LIFE!
Friday, March 16, 2012
Over two billion people in the world live on less than $2 per day; and 1.1 billion of them live on less than $1 per day.
Today, let's thank God for his grace as he provides for our needs.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Give me the grace to care without neglecting my needs;
The humility to assist without rescuing;
The kindness to be clear without being cold;
The mercy to be angry without rejecting;
The prudence to disclose without disrespecting my privacy;
The humor to admit human failings without experiencing shame; and
The compassion to give freely without giving myself away.
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