We don’t always get our way

Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind set on God. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–HIS good, pleasing, and perfect for will for you.

Therefore, God doesn’t always do what we want. IMG_6759

God owes no one anything. No reasons. No explanations.

God is God. He knows what He’s doing.

Trust HIS heart.

Your reputation

Build a reputation for wisdom.

  • Live well
  • Live wisely
  • LIve humbly

Don’t talk the talk, but rather walk the walk.

That’s what counts.

Don’t boast.

Don’t twist the truth.

Flirt with the world and you become God’s enemy

Quit dabbling in sin.

Quit the fun and games.

Get serious with God.

Your reputation will follow you all the days of your life.

A glimpse of good living

Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God.

Put yourself aside and help others get ahead.

Forget yourself long enough to lend a helping hand.

Don’t get the advantage over someone else.

Live a selfless, obedient life.

Keep on keeping on.

Be energetic.

Do everything readily and cheerfully.

 

From Philippians 2

Be a missionary right where you are

I’m hearing of more people who want to go to a foreign country to be a missionary. There really is no need to pack up and go far away as there is so much to do in one’s own city. Just take a look and you can find:

  • schools and afterschool programs that need help with children
  • food banks and soup kitchens need help to feed the hungry
  • homeless shelters need volunteers for all sorts of jobs
  • women’s homes, trafficking agencies, are helping with the slaves on the streets, the battered in the homes
  • the foreigner, the widow, the orphan are all on your doorstep

Seek out agencies that need help. See where you fit with your gifts and passions. You need not leave your home to be a missionary. You only need to seek the will of God.

God knows

God knows what you need before you even ask.

Prayer is not a way for us to let God know what we need, but rather a way to experience God more intimately. Experiencing God’s loving provision. Experiencing God through prayer as He provides. Experiencing our reflection in God’s word. Experiencing God’s hand on our life.

God knows better than we do what we need and what is best for us. He is prepared to provide for every need.

About your work

Jesus says

  • you don’t need fancy equipment
  • keep it simple
  • live in a modest place and be comfortable there
  • if you’re not welcome, move on without making a scene
  • tell the good news
  • heal the sick
  • graciously welcome those who seek you
  • feed the hungry
  • don’t run from suffering
  • don’t be embarrassed
  • be an ally of Christ
  • do not procrastinate

 

Connections

We are all connected through God.

Everything you do or think or feel has to do with God.

Every person you meet is connected to God.

All the connections have consequences either in things or in people. All the consequences come together in God.

The root of a truly spiritual life in embedded in relationships between people and God.

You cannot profess faith in God without being in relationship, daily, with God’s creation, His people.

The way you treat people has everything to do with God.