Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fear of Empty Containers

Do you fear empty containers?

When the toilet paper is almost gone, my husband throws away the roll and starts a new one. Our bathroom trash can is full of toilet paper rolls with several sheets of paper still on them. I could unroll what’s left and make a new roll.

When jars of peanut butter or hot sauce or bottles of shampoo or anything else are almost empty, my husband leaves them on the shelf and opens a new one. Before long we could have 5 jars of peanut butter lining the shelf with a tablespoon or two in each.

I think perhaps my husband has a fear of empty containers.

He also doesn’t unload the dishwasher. I’m sure this has nothing to do with my fussing over not being able to find anything the times he has tried.

And he also has a need to fill the car with gas when it gets below half a tank.

But perhaps my husband sets a good example. There is one container that we should never let become empty.

Our spiritual jewelry box.

We need to fill the jewelry box in our heart with the treasures from scripture on a daily basis. As we walk through each day, we can pull out what we need for every encounter on our path. If we aren’t filling it daily, we might find it empty just when we need it most.

When we are feeling spiritually full, the temptation is to slack off. Don’t do it. Don’t slack off. It’s better to overflow spiritually onto those around us than come up empty in a time of crisis.

So do you have a fear of empty containers? Hopefully your spiritual jewelry box never runs dry.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

New Shoes

Who doesn’t need a new pair of shoes after a bad day or week at work or home? Sometimes I think I could use a new pair every weekend. I love shoes, but I have a hard-to-fit foot. My husband tells me to buy what I want, because he knows I have a hard time finding it in my size. 

But are new shoes really what I want? Having new shoes or clothes makes me feel better for the moment. Yet that moment is soon short-lived. The next week rolls around and the same problems exist. Somehow even a new pair of shoes isn’t enough to stomp out whatever is messing up my day. 

Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
Even children want shoes that light up.

Luke 1:79 “. . . to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Which woman wouldn’t want a pair of shoes that bring peace?

Romans 10:15 “. . . How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
News shoes are supposed to make our feet beautiful.

Ephesians 6:15 “and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.”  
New shoes give us that spark that makes us feel like we are ready for anything. 

Isn’t this part of what we are looking for when we buy shoes after a bad day? We are looking for something to distract us from our problems and make us feel better. We need peace in the midst of our circumstances. Even my cute polka dot shoes don’t give light and bring lasting peace. And lasting peace is what we really need. 

So go ahead and buy that new pair of shoes at the mall, but remember that the better choice for shoes is putting on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. It is in the treasures of your spiritual feet sharing your faith and bringing peace, not your physical feet wearing a new pair of shoes. 

When was the last time you bought shoes to feel better? 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Faith in World Crisis

There is so much in the news today about attacks on Christians and our faith. Sometimes it’s scary. With recent speculation of terrorists entering my home state of Texas, it’s especially concerning. So what is my part? What can I do? 
Of course, the obvious answer is pray. I need to pray. All Christians need to pray. We need to pray for God’s wisdom and protection. We need to pray for our country. 
And while prayer is definitely top priority, I keep feeling there is more. What impact can I have? 
The answer should be obvious, but sometimes forgotten. We need to speak the Word. Scripture says God’s Word never returns void. It was God speaking that created the world at the beginning of time. He spoke, and it was so. 
If my only impact is my small area of influence, I will speak God’s Word. If those that hear will in turn speak, a larger impact will be made. The multiplication can be far reaching and beyond our scope of belief. 
Join me in prayer. Join me in speaking God’s Word. 
Fill up your spiritual jewelry box, and share it with those who can hear you.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Good Enough

How many people have you heard share their testimony of salvation?  How many have heard yours? 
I believe many of us don’t share our personal stories because we feel they won’t have the same impact as another person’s story. We remember the people that Christ saved from drugs, alcohol, and other addictions. We remember the people saved from deep depression, near suicide, and atheism. These are awesome stories of the work Christ has done in their lives and can do in others, and I would not dare to try and take away from the miracles God has done in their lives. 
But . . . What about you? Are you like me? Just an average “good” person?  
In a random gathering of 500 people, on average only 20 will be alcoholics, 25 will suffer with drug addiction, and only 1 will attempt suicide. Where does that leave the other 454?  
I contend that the average person you meet in your day to day life probably considers themself to be a “good” person. Many will hear miraculous deliverance stories and think, “that is great for them, but I don’t have those problems, and I don’t need deliverance.” While they may be intrigued, they do not relate.
Scripture says there is none good but God; and because we have all sinned, none of us are good enough. So how do we reach these everyday “good” people?  We share our “good” story. We share His light in our life.
My story is good enough to share with others, because I wasn’t. And I need to share my story so that others know that they can't be good enough either. My story is good enough – because I wasn’t. What about yours?
Leave a comment with your testimony.