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"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?...Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly;" 2 Cor 9:24-26

Ships

Posted by Emma on August 31, 2009 | Filed under: Analogies,Daily Thought,Quotes

 

“A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships were built for.”  -Unknown

Unless you are willing to risk hurt and stormy waters, you will never really succeed or do anything worthwhile. 

Godspeed

One More Day’s Work for Jesus!

Posted by Emma on August 28, 2009 | Filed under: Christianity

One more day’s work for Jesus,
One less of life for me!
But Heav’n is nearer, and Christ is clearer
Than yesterday, to me.
His love and light fill all my soul tonight.

How sweet the work has been,
To tell the story, to show the glory,
Where Christ’s flock enters in!
How it did shine in this poor heart of mine.

One more day’s work for Jesus!
O yes, a weary day;
But Heav’n shines clearer, and rest comes nearer,
At each step of the way;
And Christ in all, before His face I fall.

O blessèd work for Jesus!
O rest at Jesus’ feet!
There toil seems pleasure, my wants are treasure,
And pain for Him is sweet.
Lord, if I may, I’ll serve another day!

By Anna B. Warner

Here’s to the Crazy!

Posted by Emma on August 19, 2009 | Filed under: Quotes,World Changer

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” -Steve Jobs

For the most part I like this quote. Especially if you view it from a Christian stand point. I believe that everyone of us can be a world changer. With the help of my Master and Savior, I am a world changer. Although my name may not go down in history, I can change one person’s world. That is the key reason I like this quote. 

You see, I am one of the crazy ones, the misfits, a rebel to the world’s way of doing things (although an obedient follower of the Lord’s way), a troublemaker to the ungodly, a round peg in a square hole. That is me, and it has been for as long as I can remember. I see things differently. I am not fond of following the rules the world sets in place. (Although I follow God’s rules very closely with the help of my Savior). I was never much of one for sticking to the status quo. That part of the quote fits me very well and I see myself in it, although probably not quite as Steve Jobs meant it.

The next part is simple truth, you can’t really ignore someone who is making things happen, who is causing change. If you stick with it, eventually someone is going to notice. I want that, I want to make a difference even if it is only for one person. I want someone to see what God can offer them. I want to be an example of something better than what the world has to offer.

The crazy ones push the human race forward. Those who are willing to step beyond the borders, to step outside the status quo are the ones who push us forward, but the ones who push us the furthest are the ones who are crazy in the world’s way of thinking because they are in line with God’s way of thinking. They press us forward to the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. That is the way I want to effect change. God’s way. 

So I am crazy enough to think that I can change the world. Not because of who I am but because of who God is. God is extraordinary yet He uses ordinary people. So I believe that I am a world changer. That God can and does work in me to change people’s lives. Even if I only change the world of one person, I have done something worthwhile and I have changed the world. So call me crazy if you want, it doesn’t bother me. God calls and I have responded. I am a world changer for the Lord. With His help, I will fulfill His calling in my life.

Ninety Degrees Fahrenheit

Posted by Emma on August 14, 2009 | Filed under: Perspective

Is ninety degrees fahrenheit hot? Is it comfortable? Is it unbearable? 

The answers to those questions would all depend on your perspective. I’ve been in Texas all summer helping out at the International ALERT Academy with the STEP program. Texas can be hot. This summer was no exception, it was hot, unusually hot. It was in the hundreds most days from the middle of June on. The heat index got above 110 many days. When the temperatures dropped the last week I was there into the nineties, it felt nice.

Then I came home to the north, where the summer was unusually cool. This past weekend, a few days after I got back, the temperatures were suppose to reach the nineties and everyone was commenting on how very hot it was going to be. I felt like laughing. 

How can it be that the nineties would be considered nice in one place and very hot in another? It all boils down to perspective. What your perspective on something is will change how you view things. Your perspective dramatically effects how you look at life. It effects your life. Things will seem good or bad depending on your perspective. You will see learning opportunities or failures depending on your perspective. You will succeed or fail at something depending on your perspective. I have found, if I consider ninety degrees to be nice, because it could be hundred or higher, than I will enjoy the day much better than if I look at ninety degrees as very hot. So how do you view ninety degrees?