"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

You’re a Grownup when…

Posted by Emma on April 24, 2012 | Filed under: Attitude,Character,Daily Thought,Leadership

  • You know there are many things more important than yourself.
  • You’re willing to say, “I was wrong.”
  • You’re attentive to the footprint you will have left on the world.
  • You make decisions that benefit all who are involved.
  • You forgive the carelessness of the young, and regret the thoughtlessness of your own youth.
  • You are willing to learn from others’ experiences and mistakes.
  • You finally realize you have no one to complain to.

Growing up is a choice you make by identifying your values and then acting accordingly; jettisoning the excuses while retaining your sense of humor.

I stumbled across this today and really liked it. I don’t know where it is originally from but I think there is a lot of truth in the points they make. Young people need to live out these principles and become grownups. The one thing I would add from personal experience is, You’re a grownup when you give up your own wants and desires to work for the best of those around you and under your care.

Great Day Every Day by Max Lucado

Posted by Emma on April 18, 2012 | Filed under: Books,Christianity,Perspective

Some days are just amazing. Others are dismal failures. Wouldn’t it be nice to have great days every day of the week? In this book, Max Lucado explores concepts and ideas that can help us have a great day every day. Every day should have the chance to be great. Oftentimes what the day ends up being is base on our perspective. Max Lucado starts where we should start everyday, focused on God, His love, and forgiveness. From there, he goes on to talk about leaving our days in God’s hands and trusting Him with the events that happen. Finally, he talks about accepting what God has for us and making it great.

This book really showed me how your perspective effects the events in your life. It was also a very good reminder about surrendering our days to God and living with joy in what He gives us. As we focus on God and looking for what He has for us each day, the petty problems start disappearing and we see the love God shows to us. Perhaps the most challenging thing for me was to give every day a chance. Each day is a new day, without the mistakes of the previous day. Let that day live itself out and when something wrong happens, do not let it get you down. Stand up, smile and move on.

Great Day Every Day is definitely a good book to read. If you apply the principles in it, you will have a better day, draw closer to God, and be filled with joy.

This Will Be Told Everywhere…

Posted by Emma on April 5, 2012 | Filed under: Christianity,Holidays

“And while He was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as He was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask ad poured it over his head. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, ‘Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.’ And they scolded her. But Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” Mark 14:3-9

This story took place two days before Jesus’ death. This weekend we remember His death and resurrection. When I read this story yesterday, the words “wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her” stood out to me. Jesus is saying that this action was worthy of being told everywhere that He is preached, everywhere someone tells the gospel. Something significant must have happened at this event. All too often, I read this account and pass it by saying, “That’s nice,” or “Those disciples, can’t they ever learn” or something along those lines. But yesterday, I stopped. I thought what can this story teach us? If it is important enough to be shared everywhere the gospel is preached, we should be able to learn something from it. So I thought about it and examined it and these are the thoughts I had.

The woman was praised by Christ for doing a good deed for Him (ESV says beautiful thing) that was applying oil to his body for His burial. Obviously, doing a good deed for Him was of value. We should also do good deeds for Christ. We cannot do them to His physical body but we can to His spiritual body, the body of believers. (See 2 Cor 12:27) We can do them by taking time to be with Him, doing His work here on earth. There are many ways to do a good deed for Christ when you look for them.

The woman gave something of great value. One denarii was a day’s wage. She poured three hundred day’s worth of wages on Christ. Our deeds should involve some sacrifice, and not just a little. We should give what we can to Christ and beyond what we can. Sacrifice your dearest treasure, your most costly possession, or what you worked for years to acquire. Your sacrifice could be the best years of your life given in service to the Master, time out of your busy schedule to spend with Him or giving up an activity to help someone in the body. It is more worthwhile to give to Jesus than hoard for yourself. And if you really love Him it will be a small sacrifice. Love is what compelled this woman to pour her oil on Jesus. Love should be what compels us to do a good deed for Christ and give things of great value.

The woman did something even though it was ridiculed and likely she knew it would not be looked on with favor. We should be willing to give to Christ, do a good deed for HIm, serve Him no matter what others think or what they will say. People will often ridicule a person for living a life of truly devoted to Christ, a life compelled by love. It is easy to ridicule when someone is different, and giving sacrificially is different. People may ridicule you for giving to much to the Master’s work, for wasting the best years of your life in service to Him, helping someone in the body instead of doing a fun activity, or giving your dearest treasure to Jesus. Ridicule from people is alright when you have praise coming for the Messiah. He will smile at you when you give willing to Him out of love.

As we are in this season of remembering Christ’s death and resurrections, pour out of your time for Christ’s service; give money or other material things to His servants; expend energy to serve Him; make time to study His word and fellowship with Him. Do a good deed for the Master and let your love be so strong that nothing is to much to give Him.