Thursday, September 29, 2016

Light Bulb Moments

Only 1 day left until the weekend, so what will I do with this day?
Only 3 months until a new year, so what will I do with these three months?
Wherever I want to be then, starts now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Not next month.

A friend of mine observes 100 days of gratitude the last 100 days of each year. One day she posted a comment stating there were only 94 days until the end of the year and what she wanted to accomplish in the final 90 days. My first thought when someone says 90 days left is what will I do when those 90 days are up? What goals will I set for the new year? What plans will I make? But her perspective was so much better. What could she accomplish NOW in these next 90 days.

Light bulb moment for me. What about you?

What do we not know now that we can learn by the end of the year?
What financial goals can we complete or be that much closer to achieving?
How many books can we read before then?
To how many people can we extend kindness?
Who needs to hear that we love them?
How many pounds can we lose or miles can we walk?
How much time can we spend with God?  

What else do you think about accomplishing in the next 90 days? I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Fingerprints on Your Life

Fingerprints. We leave them everywhere. I was at a friend’s house this week, and we were talking about how grandkids leave their prints on door windows and glass tables. Instead of cleaning them off, sometimes those prints are a sweet reminder of the time we have spent with little chubby fingers.

Fingerprints leave our mark everywhere we go. They identify us. In criminal investigations, fingerprints can be used to identify someone at a crime scene or solve a mystery.

God also leaves His fingerprints on our lives. I have made bad decisions in my life, and I have also suffered abuse at the hands of others. But God has always picked me up and tenderly brushed me off leaving His fingerprints in place of the mistakes and abuse.

Do I want to be remembered by my mistakes and failures or the prints of God’s grace and mercy? Do I want to be remembered by the scars I’ve received from other people’s prints on my life or by God’s prints of love and healing?  

When I continually go back and relive sorrows from my past, it’s as if I’m taking out paper towels and glass cleaner and wiping off God’s prints on my life.

Has God saved you, brought you through a storm, shown you His love, given you His strength, given you peace, been faithful, caused you to hope? These are the fingerprints of God on your life. Don’t try to wash them away. Let God’s fingerprints on your life be your identity. Then share His prints with others. 

Where have you seen his fingerprints on your life? 

Monday, September 5, 2016

Armor-Bearer or Armor-Wearer

In the Old Testament we see armor-bearers standing beside kings and mighty men as faithful servants. It was a trusted position and an honor. In the New Testament, we are told to put on the whole armor of God.

While it is an honor to stand next to a fellow Christian holding them up in prayer and giving them encouragement, we are also told to put on the armor in order that we may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. We are to put on the whole armor praying always for all the saints.

Wearing our armor doesn’t mean no longer encouraging or lifting others up in prayer. In contrast, it gives us the ability to stand strong so that we can resist Satan and continue to pray and persevere.

Sometimes I think we are dragging around our armor -- the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit – instead of putting it on. We know the truth, we know we are righteous in Christ, we know the gospel of peace, we know we have a shield of faith, we relax in our salvation, and we occasionally pick up our sword and read it. But are we standing strong?

Romans says to put on the armor of light; to put on the Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians says to put on the whole armor of God. So when are we going to stop carrying around the Word of God and actually put it on?

Filling your spiritual jewelry box is more than just reading the Bible and memorizing scripture. It’s opening your heart to what God has to say to you through His Word. Open it, read it, listen to God, and then put it on every day.  Don’t just carry it around. Wear it. 

It’s a spiritual battle, and with the armor of God, you’ve got this!