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Shutting Up The Little Voice

Posted by Emma on August 18, 2011 | Filed under: Attitude,Daily Thought,Perspective

Your perspective and attitude make a huge difference in the way things go during your life.

I was thinking about this fact today. My father and brothers got the chance to go tailgate at the baseball game. I was very happy for them. Circumstances had my mother away from the home this morning so it fell to me to get everything gathered and ready for the boys to take. I did not mind doing this at all, and had the help of one of my brothers as a bonus.

During the afternoon I worked around the house on various projects. When they got home naturally I went out to the kitchen to hear their stories from the day. They carried everything into the kitchen and then my father started getting dinner ready for the brother, who had to leave in a few minutes to teach summer mission clubs, and the other boys were telling my mother about the afternoon. I saw that the tailgating stuff needed put away so I happily pitched in and started cleaning it up.

While I was doing this, a little voice crept into my mind asking why I was putting the stuff away, saying it was not fair, that I had worked most the day for the family and that one of the boys should be cleaning up from their mess. It started complaining about the work I was doing. For a brief second it crept in, with it’s messed up facts, and started stealing my joy. That caused me to stop and think. I had been perfectly happy to put stuff away, I had no resentment, only joy as I was working. Now, with this little voice, my joy was leaving and wrong feelings were taking its place. I recognized this was wrong. So I shut that little voice up, told myself it was for the family that I was doing this, to be a blessing, and to serve the Lord. Instantly, my joy came back and I finished the job, happy that I could do something for team Kordik.

This incident caused me to ponder joy and serving willingly. It showed me how much your attitude effects the task you are doing. Had I listened to that little voice, which was probably Satan, I would have ended up feeling sorry for myself, being resentful, and grumpy. I would not have blessed the family and it could not have been service to the Lord. Because I refused to listen, but chose to do the work with joy, I was happy, I, hopefully, blessed the family, and I was serving my Lord. It is essential to keep a good attitude in all we do.

A good attitude is easier to keep when you have the right perspective. That little voice was trying to get me to change my perspective. It wanted me to look at what I was doing as unfair and someone else’s responsibility. That was not the right perspective. The right perspective was that it was a job I could do to help team Kordik succeed, to bless others. By choosing to have the right perspective I kept the right attitude.

You can choice the perspective you have on life and the attitude you approach life with. You choice whether you will complain or whether you will have joy. You choice whether you are going to be resentful or whether you will serve for God. These are things we can control and we must. We must have an attitude that is God honoring. Complaining is not God honoring, being resentful is not God honoring, thinking just of ourselves is not God honoring. Joy is God honoring, being a blessing is God honoring, serving others is God honoring, at least it is when coupled with joy and the right attitudes.

So, Choice a Godly perspective. Shut up lying voices. Always have joy. 

Where Do You Want To Dwell?

Posted by Emma on August 15, 2011 | Filed under: Bible,Christianity,Daily Thought

“Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?”

Do we not all want to abide in God’s tabernacle, to dwell in His holy hill. Would it not be wonderful to always live with the Lord? Are you one who could? Do you meet these requirements?

“He who walks blamelessly” 

To walk blamelessly is to walk like Christ walked, to walk in the Law of the Lord.

“and does what is right” 

Do you make an effort to always do what is right in God’s eyes?

“and speaks the truth in his heart;”

Even to yourself you must speak truth. Satan tries to lie to us often. We must not believe or repeat those lies, but speak the truth about all things, to ourselves and to others.

“who does not slander with his tongue” 

Do your words reflect well on others or do they tear them down and damage their reputation? We should be know for speaking the positive and the good.

“and does no evil to his neighbor,”

Christ would have us love our neighbors as ourselves. We should be looking out for their good. Who is your neighbor? Check out Luke 10:27-37. 

“nor takes up a reproach against his friend;”

Have peace with all people. Do  not take up anything against a friend. Work it out. 

“in whose eyes a vile person is despised,”

Sin should never be approved. Despise what is wrong. 

“but who honors those who fear the Lord;”

Those who fear God deserve honor. Be a person who deserves honor and give honor to those who live for God. 

“who swears to his own hurt and does not change;”

Keep your word, even when it is not convenient. What you have said do, even if the cost are high.  

“who does not put out his money at interest” 

Give and loan without expecting more back, or even anything back.

“and does not take a bribe against the innocent.”

Do not hurt the innocent even if it seems best for you. Be innocent before God. 

“He who does these things shall never be moved.”

Psalm 15 (KJV & ESV)

Today

Posted by Emma on August 9, 2011 | Filed under: Daily Thought,Prayer,Repentance

Today is the ninth of Av. This is a day of fasting and mourning for the Jewish people. A long line of sorrows have occurred to them on this day starting with the destruction of the first temple. 100,000 Jews were slaughter by the Babylonians and millions more were exiled. Some 400 years later, the second temple was also destroyed on this day. This time around two million Jews died and another one million were exiled. About 70 years later the Bar Kochba revolt was crushed by the Romans, killing over 100,000 Jews. The next year the Romans plowed the Temple mount and Jerusalem, the city where God placed His name, was rebuilt as a pagan city. The first crusade, which killed tens of thousands of Jews, was declared by Pope Urban II. On this day in 1290 Jews were expelled from England, and again in 1492 they were expelled from Spain. World War 1 began on this day in 1914 which ultimately lead to Hitler’s Third Reich and the slaughter of millions. The ninth of Av, 1942, found the Germans beginning the deportation of the Warsaw Ghetto to the consecration camps, no one knows how many were murdered.

So what is the point of all this? Obviously, the ninth of Av has been a terrible day for the Jews. But so what?

There are a couple different thoughts that come to me as I read this tragic list of events.

Thought One: Why have all these horrors happened to the Jewish people? I think there a few reasons. I am not God, so ultimately I can never fully answer that questions, but God has given us insights.

It is clear from Scripture, that the first temple was destroyed because the Jews turned away from God and served pagan idols. Likewise, the second temple was destroyed when the Jews turned away from Jesus, God’s son. This may not be the only reason for the destruction of the Second Temple, but I think it is part of the reason. The crushing of the Bar Kochba revolt is for the similar reasons. Simon Bar Kochba, the leader of that revolt claimed to be the Messiah and the Jews went after him, denying Jesus, the true Messiah.  So at least some of these tragedies are because the people of Israel turned from their God and He brought disaster on them in order to chastise and bring them back to HIm.

When you look at the course of history, you notice that whenever the Jewish people start assimilating with the Gentiles, something happens to them. God called the Jews to be His people, set apart and holy. When they forget that calling, God chastises them. Could this perhaps be the reasons for the expulsions from England and Spain? The reason for the German’s attack against them during World War 2?

The final reason these troubles have befallen the Jews is because they are the people of God. Satan knows this. He will take any opportunity to attack them because it is an attack at God. So for some of these terrible events, maybe the Jews did nothing to deserve it. Satan may have attacked them because they are God’s people and he hates God and all that are God’s.

Thought Two: What is this day to me? I’m not Jewish. This is a day for the Jews to consider the sins that led to the destruction of the temple. I may not be Jewish, but I can still turn from God to worship other things.  So for me, it is a day to consider what am I worshiping besides God? What in my life have I placed above God?

This is a day to reflect. I can reflect on my life. As a servant and disciple of Jesus, God’s son, I am called to be holy & set apart. Am I fulfilling this calling? Where am I starting to look like the world? How I have assimilated into the culture?

This is a day to mourn. I can mourn the destruction of the temples. What happened was sorrowful. I can mourn the tragedies that have happened to the people of God. I can mourn the fact that the Jews have yet to fully recognize the true Messiah, Jesus Christ.

Finally, this is a day to pray. I can pray for the people of Israel who are still under attack. I can pray that they will recognize Jesus the true Messiah. I can pray for complete restoration of Jerusalem and the rebuilding of the temple.